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Mets Morning News: Mets swept by Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes hopes to return Tuesday

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Zack Wheeler had an unfortunate first inning as he squared off against Max Scherzer. He gave up a grand slam to Met nemesis Daniel Murphy, but after that he settled in and pitched rather well. Both Michael Conforto and Neil Walker were able to take Scherzer deep, but it wasn’t enough and the Nationals easily completed the sweep of the Mets.

The Mets now have an off day to rest up, and hopefully heal up, before taking on the Braves Tuesday.

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The Nationals continued to exert their prowess over the Mets with a sweep at Citi Field, and they showed that winning the NL East will be no easy feat for the Mets.

Daniel Murphy’s play against the Mets could show his true feelings about his former team.

Despite the first inning, Zack Wheeler was actually pretty effective against the Nationals.

Michael Conforto has been a lone beacon in the lineup and produced a three-hit game on Sunday.

Terry Collins tried to put a positive spin on a lost weekend, but there are very few positives to be found.

Jose Reyes was in the lineup against Scherzer after Terry Collins changed his mind about giving him the day off.

Once again the Mets played with a short bench, and a decision needs to be made on the injured players soon.

One of those injured players is Travis d’Arnaud, who had to be scratched from Sunday’s lineup.

Yoenis Cespedes says he is on the mend and is determined to play on Tuesday.

The Mets seem home run dependent almost to a fault.

Prospect Amed Rosario continues to shine in Triple-A and picked up another multi-hit game on Sunday, but despite his hot hitting he won’t be in the majors any time soon.

Around the NL East

The Braves will head to Citi Field coming off a sweep of their own at the hands of the Phillies.

The Marlins took the series over the Padres with a 7-3 win.

The Phillies hit three consecutive home runs to power their way to victory over the Braves.

Max Scherzer and Daniel Murphy were all the Nationals needed in their win over the Mets.

Around Major League Baseball

Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller left his start with forearm tightness.

Pirates starter Ivan Nova issued his first walk of the season to Yankees’ pitcher Jordan Montgomery.

The feud between the Red Sox and Orioles escalated when Boston reliever Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado.

The Cubs lost to the Reds which ended a week where their entire rotation struggled.

The Blue Jays placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzski on the DL with a strained hamstring.

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Happy Birthday Carlos Beltran!