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Mets Morning News: Bats stay silent as rough stretch continues

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It’s hard to win when you get two hits. That’s all the Mets could muster against Gio Gonzalez and a trio of Washington relievers. Jacob deGrom looked good, striking out ten batters, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Nationals went on to win 3-1. The Mets have now lost seven of their last eight, and they’ll try to salvage the final game with of the series Sunday night.

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After his unexpected scratch Friday night, deGrom was on the mound for this game. But Jose Reyes was not in the starting lineup.

It’s unclear how much the stiff neck played into his performance; deGrom himself didn’t have much to say about the unusual start.

As for Reyes, Terry Collins says he’ll be on the bench for a while as he works through mental struggles.

As mentioned earlier, it’s usually good to get more than two hits in a game. It seems the Mets’ bats have gone quiet at a rather inopportune time.

Of course, Yoenis Cespedes back in the lineup would be a big help, but that doesn’t appear to be imminent.

A week ago this time, Mets fans were feeling pretty good. It’s worth examining how things came unglued so quickly.

Around the NL East

The Nationals, meanwhile, got their sixth-straight win Saturday, and Gonzalez continued his dominance at Citi Field.

The Braves lost their fifth straight game, and Talking Chop says they failed to take advantage of several opportunities along the way.

Phillies fans aren’t complaining. The team has also acquired a familiar face to Mets fans (or team Israel fans, for that matter.)

It took extra innings for the Marlins to take down the Padres.

Around the Majors

The injuries aren’t only piling up on the Mets; the Angels have placed two of their best pitchers on the disabled list. But on the bright side, their fans set a really unusual record.

The hit also keep coming for Toronto. The Blue Jays have put Troy Tulowitzki on the DL due to a hamstring injury.

Things got a little testy between the Tigers and Twins Saturday afternoon in Minnesota. Detroit won the game but is losing its biggest star for a while.

Aaron Judge’s latest moonshot got him some Hall of Fame-caliber attention.

Paul Goldschmidt got to meet the little leaguer who hit the first home run at a stadium named after him.

This Date in Mets History

April 23rd is a special day for Mets fans who’ve been with the team since the very beginning. On this date in 1962, the team won its first ever game. And it only took the squad ten tries!