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Mets Morning News: Fielding follies lead to fall to Phillies

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets dropped the rubber match against the Phillies on Thursday night, falling 6-4. A pair of costly errors from Jay Bruce—making his first start at first base for New York—and Asdrubal Cabrera in the second and third innings, respectively, helped the Phils amass a 5-1 lead against Noah Syndergaard.

A three-run Neil Walker home run off starter Aaron Nola cut the lead to one, but the Mets’ bats were once again baffled by the Philadelphia bullpen, who allowed one hit and no walks through four innings.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short, MLB.com, Daily News, Times, Bergen Record, NJ.com, BP Mets.

The Mets’ string of poor health continued on Thursday. Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s contest with an ailing hamstring, and is expected to miss two or three games. Wilmer Flores spent Wednesday night in the hospital with a knee infection.

Jeurys Familia made his return to the field following a 15-game suspension, much to Terry Collins’s relief. He labored through 30 pitches for a scoreless ninth.

To make room for Familia, the Mets sent Rafael Montero down to Triple-A. He may never return to the majors.

NJ.com’s Abbey Mastracco asks five questions ahead of the Mets’ three-game showdown with the Nationals.

Around the NL East

The Nationals topped the Braves 3-2 to complete a series sweep. Check recaps from Talking Chop and Federal Baseball.

Fish Stripes wants to know if you can name the Marlins’ best player by WAR for each year since 1993.

The Good Phight recapped last night’s Phillies victory.

Around the Majors

Following his scorching start, FanGraphs came up with seven player comparisons for Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger.

Classy winners, those Cubs are: Pitchers from the North Side are suggesting Eric Thames is juicing.

Yesterday at AA

The Mets carried out a series of roster moves yesterday, most notably bringing Familia back into the fold.

Todd Zeile stopped by Amazin’ Avenue Audio to talk about his Mets tenure.

This Date in Mets History

Former Mets closer Jesse Orosco turns 60 today. The two-time All-Star still holds the MLB record for appearances by a reliever, ahead of two other former Mets: Mike Stanton and John Franco.