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Mets Morning News: Losing streak continues in ugly loss to Braves

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Meet the Mets

The Mets played a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad game against the Braves. A perfect storm of poor pitching, sloppy defense, and inconsistent offense combined for an ugly night at Citi Field. The extra day off, and the additions of Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud to the lineup, did little to improve the Mets fortunes.

Robert Gsellman was unable to build off of his last solid outing, and the defense committed more errors than the team scored runs which is not exactly a recipe for success.

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Robert Gsellman struggled right out of the gate in the loss and lack of command seemed to be the issue.

Despite the losing streak, the clubhouse is trying to keep in mind the long season ahead.

There are many factors that are contributing to the losing streak, most of which were evident in the game last night.

Michael Conforto was hitless against the Braves, but overall he has been solid in the leadoff position, and right now he is the best option for that role.

Jose Reyes managed to get a hit on Wednesday, but is it a sign of things to come?

The bullpen was once again pressed into service early, and the starters are aware that they need to help ease the burden of the overworked relievers.

Before the game, the Mets brought in reinforcements for their bench when they called up Matt Reynolds.

Noah Syndergaard will face off against the man he was acquired for, and R.A. Dickey harbors no ill will against his former team. There were more players than just Dickey and Syndergaard involved in the trade, and some fared better than others in the years ahead.

Both Steven Matz and Seth Lugo took steps forward in their rehab process as they work towards rejoining the team.

The Mets are getting very little production throughout their lineup, but especially at third base. Is acquiring Mike Moustakas the answer to their woes at the hot corner?

The Mets could also have the answer to their problems internally if they take a chance and call up Amed Rosario.

Tim Tebow is starting to hit a little bit for the Columbia Fireflies.

Paul DePodesta left his front office position with the Mets to take his talents to the perpetually rebuilding Cleveland Browns. The Browns have the first pick in today’s NFL Draft and you can follow along with SB Nation’s draft tracker to see who he selects, as well as the Jets and Giants.

Around the NL East

The Braves were able to end their losing steak in a big way.

The Marlins were burned by the long ball in their loss to the Phillies.

Maikel Franco delivered the biggest blow against the Marlins when he hit his second grand slam of the season for the Phillies. Starter Clay Buchholz apologized to the team for suffering an injury that will leave him out of action for awhile.

The Nationals had fun at Coors Field and handily defeated the Rockies. Reliever Koda Glover was placed on the 10-day DL with a hip impingement.

Around the Majors

Gift Ngoepe became the first African-born Major League baseball player when he made his debut with the Pirates. He collected a hit in his first at-bat.

Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller is seeking the opinion of Dr. James Andrews on his injured right elbow.

The Mariners placed ace Felix Hernandez on the disabled list with an oblique strain.

The Giants are in desperate need of productive outfielders and Michael Morse delivered in his first at-bat with the team.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge continued his hot start with a memorable game at Fenway Park.

Yesterday at AA

Jonathan Maseng covered Matt Reynolds’s call-up, the update on Wilmer Flores’s infection, and the progress Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are making.

Brian Salvatore wrote about Yoenis Cespedes and Travid d’Arnaud’s return to the lineup.

Aaron Yorke tried to make sense of the Mets backtracking from Noah Syndergaard getting Wednesday’s start.

This Date in Mets History

On April 27, 1965, the Mets signed Yogi Berra to become a member of Casey Stengel’s coaching staff.