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Mets Morning News: Noah Syndergaard scratched, Yoenis Cespedes strained

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Meet the Mets

The Mets’ Thursday afternoon tilt with the Braves was doubly unfortunate—not only did the Amazins fall 7-5 for their sixth consecutive defeat, but Yoenis Cespedes left the ugly contest early. The left fielder re-injured his hamstring in just his second game back from resting off the same injury. This came just hours after Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his start due to a sore biceps.

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Having treated himself to a weightlifting session the night before, Matt Harvey said he learned he’d be starting on Thursday three hours before the first pitch, and those factors contributed to his lack of stamina.

The Mets’ continual reluctance to place players on the disabled list keeps blowing up in their face.

As bad as the players were on Thursday, third base coach Glenn Sherlock might have had the worst day of anyone in a Mets uniform.

BP Mets previewed the upcoming important series with the Nationals.

Around the NL East

Before beating the Mets, the Braves called up former Cardinals closer Jason Motte, who’s been trying to rediscover his form ever since Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the 2013 season.

Fish Stripes profiled under-the-radar Marlins prospect Boo Vasquez.

The Phillies bested the Marlins 3-2 to take sole possession of second place in the division.

The Nationals punctuated their 9-1 road trip by lighting the Rockies up for 16 runs.

Around the Majors

Former pitcher and outfielder Rick Ankiel’s new book confronts the yips that made him trade in the pitcher’s mound for the batter’s box.

Pat Mahomes, who had an 11-year major league career as a pitcher, saw his quarterback son get drafted into the NFL last night, by the Chiefs.

FanGraphs examined just how much breakout Brewers slugger Eric Thames is worth.

Yesterday at AA

Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard ran into scary health issues.

Things didn’t get much more positive on Amazin’ Avenue Audio, but those are often the best podcasts and this one is no exception.

This Date in Mets History

On this date all the way back in 1962, the Mets’ first pair of back-to-back home runs quickly turned into the franchise’s first back-to-back-to-back dingers when Frank Thomas, Charlie Neal, and Gil Hodges took Phillies pitching deep.