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Mets Morning News: Series opener rained out, Cespedes’s return looms

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets’ series opener with the Braves was rained out, with a make-up game scheduled as part of a doubleheader on September 25. The day off will cost Robert Gsellman his turn through the rotation while allowing Yoenis Cespedes extra time to recover from his hamstring injury.

Terry Collins isn’t panicking over his team’s slow start, Kevin Kernan of the Post writes. “There is going to be a time when they lose six out of eight, it’s just the nature of the game,” Collins said. “You run into a team that’s hot, you get beat sometimes. It’s a tough time, but we will get through it.”

Matt Ehalt of North Jersey reflected on the 2012 Mets/Blue Jays blockbuster, “forever linking” Noah Syndergaard with R.A. Dickey.

Michael Conforto has been a bright spot during a disappointing start to the Mets’ season, John Harper of the Daily News writes.

Scott D. Simon of BP Mets also sang Conforto’s praises, saying his status as an everyday player shouldn’t be questioned.

Joe Giglio of took on the idea of trading for Todd Frazier.

Eric Karabell of ESPN discussed Amed Rosario’s value in fantasy baseball. Interestingly, Karabell guessed Rosario would be promoted within a few weeks, as Jose Reyes “can’t hit or run anymore.”

Around the NL East

The Braves DFA’d Travis d’Arnaud’s brother Chase.

Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush have moved closer to purchasing the Marlins.

Trea Turner hit for the cycle, driving in seven runs last night at Coors Field.

Ethan White of The Good Phight stated the case for Mark Appel to be used as a reliever.

Around Major League Baseball

Eric Thames continued his incredible April, hitting his 11th home run (eight of which against Reds pitching).

Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer profiled new pitches being thrown by Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley, Tyler Glasnow, and other pitchers around the league.

“Reds baseball in 2017 might be something a lot closer to exciting than we'd thought,” Rian Watt of VICE Sports writes.

Chris Coghlan’s leaping slide against the Cardinals last night was a standout moment of the young season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Joe Sokolowski delivered This Week in Mets Quotes.

Steve Schreiber gathered the best moments from SNY over the last week.

Chris McShane rated the recent performance of Mets hitters and pitchers.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2006, Hall of Famer Mike Piazza became the only catcher in MLB history to join the 400 home run club.

Happy birthday to Amos Otis, Mike Scott, Scott Strickland, Lou Thornton, and Rick Trlicek!