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Mets Morning News: Pitching stumbles in finale against Angels, Jose Reyes scratched with tightness

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

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets once again failed to sweep an opponent when Tommy Milone put them behind early. He gave up five runs before recording an out in the first, and it didn’t get much better from there. The Mets did attempt a comeback with both Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce going yard, but Hansel Robles cancelled that out with another poor outing.

The Mets will attempt to regroup and and get back on track against the Padres on Tuesday.

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Despite his poor performance, Milone will get another start in the rotation.

Series finales have been the bane of the Mets’ existence this season, and this latest blowup was just the latest in a long line of calamities.

Reigning AL MVP Mike Trout had been relatively quiet this series, but he exploded in a big way in the final game.

Once again it was the pitching that let the Mets’ down, and they are going to have to rely on injured reinforcements to settle the rotation.

One day after Jose Reyes’s milestone achievement, he was scratched from the lineup with left rib-cage tightness.

Curtis Granderson is slowly emerging from the doldrums, just as Yoenis Cespedes inches closer to his return.

Michael Conforto’s rise has been the result of hard work in the offseason to get him back to his 2015 form.

Matt Harvey will have to face the home crowd for the first time since his suspension, and pitching well will go a long way with both the team and the fans.

Terry Collins has been around baseball, and the Mets, for quite awhile, but this season is shaping up to be one of his toughest challenges.

Around the NL East

The Braves’ rally fell just short in the loss to the Nationals.

Despite a power surge from Justin Bour, the Marlins lost to the Dodgers. Giancarlo Stanton had an adventurous day at Dodgers Stadium.

The Phillies were shutout by the Pirates by a score of 1-0.

Stephen Strasburg was dominant against the Braves and avoided the sweep for the Nationals.

Around the Majors

Rockies’ rookie starter Kyle Freeland had a very good day both on the mound and at the plate.

The Dodgers optioned their struggling young starter Julio Urias to Triple-A.

The Red Sox are showing some interest in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.

Retaliation in baseball should come to an end since players’ safety is at risk.

The Cubs’ bats heated up in their series against the Brewers.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa caught up on all the action in the minors with the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

May 22 is a notable day in Mets history. It was on this date in 1998 that the Mets traded for Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza.