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Mets Morning News: Tommy Milone has a good start, Jeurys Familia has a bad ending

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

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Meet the Mets

Tommy Milone made his Mets debut and was perfectly serviceable in his first start with his new team. He left with a lead in the sixth but unfortunately that meant Terry Collins had to manage a bullpen in a tight ballgame. His strategy almost worked until Jeurys Familia imploded in the ninth and blew the save and the lead.

Wilmer Flores had a tough game despite bringing the Mets to within one in the ninth. He made a crucial error in the top of the inning that would’ve been a game-ending double play. The Mets again win a series but failed to go for the jugular when they had the chance.

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Newcomer Tommy Milone had a decent day both on the mound and at the plate, and he has earned himself another start.

Jeurys Familia’s struggles are adding to the growing list of issues the Mets have to deal with, but the cause of his struggles, in this instance, could belong elsewhere.

The ugly loss to the Giants served as a microcosm of how this season has gone for the Mets.

Michael Conforto sat in the final game of the series due to a tight hamstring.

T.J. Rivera has filled in admirably for Lucas Duda, but what will happen to him once Duda returns from the disabled list?

Matt Harvey is set to make his start on Friday, in what could amount to his most important start of the season. This latest drama surrounding Harvey might cost him more than just a three-game suspension.

Former Met Rusty Staub is doing much better after suffering a heart attack two years ago.

Around the NL East

The Astros handed the Braves their sixth straight loss.

The Marlins placed shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the DL with a strained oblique. The Cardinals had another comeback victory against Miami.

The Phillies’ bullpen was completely ineffective against the Mariners, and as a result the Phillies fell to Seattle for the second straight day.

The Nationals’ bullpen might be getting some help soon when two injured relievers return from the DL. It was the Orioles’ bullpen that could’ve used some help when they let former teammate Matt Wieters get a walkoff hit against them.

Around the Majors

Major League Baseball is investigating the Dodgers for possible discrimination against Nick Francona, a war veteran.

Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will undergo season-ending surgery.

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun exited his game in the fifth inning with calf tightness.

Boredom might be the underlying reason for slugger Eric Thames’s recent success.

Manager Joe Maddon blamed sleep deprivation as the reason for the Cubs’ sluggish start to the season.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane profiled yesterday’s starter Tommy Milone.

Adam Wilk we hardly knew ye. Jonathan Maseng covered the Twins’ claiming Wilk off waivers.

Francis Qotita del Sol wrote about Michael Conforto’s hamstring tightness.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver won his 100th game on this date in 1972. On that same day the Mets traded for Willie Mays.

Oddities tend to pop up in baseball that help add to the game’s charm. In 1999, the Mets and Rockies faced off against each other and the two starting pitchers for that day were Bobby J. Jones and Bobby M. Jones. It was the first time in 100 years that starting pitchers with the same name faced each other. Unfortunately for the Mets, Bobby J. Jones was defeated by his counterpart.