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Mets Morning News: Beleaguered bullpen falters again as Mets fall to Nationals

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They say then when it rains, it pours. Consider it monsoon season at Citi Field then, after the Mets lost yet another squeaker, this time to the Nationals. After a solid start by Matt Harvey, the Mets were simply unable to put enough runs on the board, stranding eight men on base in a game that that ended like a long Jay Bruce shot to the warning track, just short of victory.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, MLB.com, Daily News, Times, Bergen County Record, NJ.com, Newsday, Post, ESPN.

The Mets lost everyone from Yoenis Cespedes (to a leg injury) to Jacob deGrom (stiff neck) to Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores, who are both headed to the DL, over the past 24 hours.

Kevin Kernan of the Post believes the Mets are already at their first crossroads.

Mets fans have at least been taking the injuries with some good humor on Twitter.

The Post ran a profile piece on Mets outfield prospect Desmond Lindsay.

Around the NL East

The Braves and Phillies played each other with the Phillies coming out on top.

Meanwhile, former Phillies star Ryan Howard is apparently attempting a comeback with the Braves.

The Marlins fell to the Padres out on the West Coast.

Around MLB

Madison Bumgarner was injured in dirt bike accident and will likely miss two months for the surely-angry Giants.

Brock Holt was sent to the DL by the Red Sox with vertigo.

The original MLB constitution is going up for auction.

James Shields was sent to the 10-day DL.

The Rangers have released Josh Hamilton, likely ending his MLB career.

The Rockies managed to hit a grand slam and an inside-the-park home run during the same inning.

Miguel Cabrera left last night’s Tigers game with a groin strain.

538 featured an article Neil Paine on Kyle Schwarber and the changing prototype of leadoff hitters.

Who’s the most feared clutch hitter in the game? Vote now.

David Freese talks frankly about his lifelong battle with depression.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Nationals series.

Matt Varvaro examined Lucas Duda’s propensity for getting hit by pitches.

Daniel Convery delivered another Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Back in 1970, Tom Seaver fanned 19 Padres in one game on this date.