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Mets Morning News: Overworked bullpen gets overworked, implodes

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The Mets have had some excruciating losses this season, and this loss against the Padres ranks right there among them. Terry Collins pulled Robert Gsellman after six even though he had a low pitch count and just finished an easy sixth. True to form, the bullpen blew lead and the Mets were down by one run in the ninth. Despite loading the bases with nobody out, Curtis Granderson, Rene Rivera, and Juan Lagares all failed to get the tying run home, and it all goes down as another loss in the books for the Mets.

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Curtis Granderson had been slowly coming around, but in the ninth he had a terrible at-bat that did not result in the tying run scoring from third. What role will he have once Yoenis Cespedes returns from the DL?

The manager attempted to explain his reasoning for taking Gsellman out early, but his decision backfired when the shaky bullpen once again failed Collins in the late innings against a light hitting Padres team.

It was a strange mix of decisions that led to the Mets’ downfall on Wednesday.

Gsellman overall was pleased with his performance and thinks he is getting back to where he was with his command.

The decision to go to the bullpen early was a questionable one since they have been stretched thin in the first two months of the season.

Before the game, the Mets placed Tommy Milone on the DL and activated Travis d’Arnaud.

Before his return, d’Arnaud caught Steven Matz for Las Vegas, and he felt Matz still has some work to do before his return.

There was no update on Jay Bruce’s injury because Collins has become tight-lipped when it comes to discussing injuries.

The future of the Mets is close to taking shape but this time it does not revolve around pitching.

Michael Conforto has been fantastic so far this season and he has been hitting the ball to all fields instead of trying to pull the ball.

There was a heartwarming moment at Citi Field when a leukemia survivor met the donor who saved her life.

Around the NL East

The Braves’ bullpen fell apart against the Pirates which cost them the game in extra innings.

The Marlins could not muster any offense against a dominant Sonny Gray.

The Phillies were rocked by the Rockies at home.

The Nationals continued to roll over the injury-riddled Mariners.

Around the Majors

After striking out at least 10 batters in eight consecutive starts, Chris Sale’s streak came to an end when he only struck out six against the Rangers.

Yankees’ outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck sprain after he crashed into the wall to make a catch.

Cardinals starter Mike Leake was leading the league in ERA, but is that the true Mike Leake?

There might be an underlying reason why Brewers’ slugger Eric Thames keeps getting tested for illegal substances.

The surprising Twins won again against the Orioles.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke covered Travis d’Arnaud’s return from the DL.

Matt Varvaro checked in with how certain players are performing now that we are a quarter way through the season.

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

This Date in Mets History

In 1979, the Mets and Pirates game ended in a 3-3 tie when the fog at Shea Stadium became too thick to play in.