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Mets Morning News: Mets beat Braves in series opener, prepare for Syndergaard’s absence

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Meet the Mets

The Mets beat the Braves in their first-ever game at SunTrust Park. The Mets won behind another strong offensive performance, beating the Braves 7-5. They’ll need to keep the offense up though, as Noah Syndergaard is headed to the DL with a tear in his right lat, an injury that cost Steven Matz two months time back in 2015. Robert Gsellman did nothing to inspire confidence, giving up five runs in five innings.

Choose your recap: Amazin Avenue short and long, Daily News, MLB.com, Newsday, NJ.com, Post, Times, Bergen County Record.

Sandy Alderson defended the Mets’ medical staff from criticism and took responsibility for starting Syndergaard.

David Lennon of Newsday doesn’t think the Mets should get off so easy.

Bob Klapisch took Alderson to task for his lack of connection with reality.

Even the New York Times piled on.

Syndergaard himself had a message for Mets fans after the win.

The Mets’ outside options for pitching help are not so great.

Wilmer Flores homered in his second rehab game and should be back with the team shortly.

The Mets recalled Paul Sewald to take Syndergaard’s roster spot.

FanGraphs ran a report on Robert Gsellman’s in-game velocity drops.

Around the NL East

The Nationals had a day off and are desperately seeking a center fielder.

The Marlins lost the battle of Florida to the Rays.

The Phillies put a beating on the Cubs.

Around MLB

Things between the Astros and Rangers got pretty heated during their game.

Adam Jones was subject to racist abuse at Fenway Park and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him by a fan.

The Angels have lost Tyler Skaggs for up to three months with an oblique strain.

The Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 10-day DL.

The Royals have quietly had one of their worst offensive months in franchise history.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Braves series.

Chris McShane had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.

Matt Varvaro delivered another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Steve Sypa handled the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Not much happened for the Mets on this date. Back in 1964, Al Jackson pitched a two-hit shutout for the Mets against the Reds.