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Mets Morning News: Offense gets hot in Atlanta, pitching remains cool

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

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

SunTrust Park is playing like a very hitter-friendly ballpark so the Mets took full advantage and scored their highest run total of the year. They hammered Bartolo Colon and the Braves’ bullpen, with Jose Reyes doing the most damage with five RBIs. Both Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker had encouraging performances at the plate as well.

Less encouraging was Jacob deGrom’s night on the mound. His control seemed spotty, which led to five Atlanta runs in five innings. The offense bailed him out and it was enough for the win.

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The Mets won the game but they need to clean up their play a bit.

Jacob deGrom was not at his best against the Braves, but he has a chance to anchor this unstable rotation.

The pitching staff collectively has struggled recently so pitching coach Dan Warthen weighed in with what he has been seeing from his staff.

Addison Reed appeared angry with Terry Collins after being called upon in the seventh inning, but both pitcher and manager said that was not the case.

Jose Reyes had a big night at the plate and is finally rewarding the faith the Mets showed in him.

Curtis Granderson is another struggling Met who hopes last night is a sign of things to come.

Wilmer Flores returned from his staph infection, which he originally thought was a bug bite.

Despite being encouraged by his last start, Matt Harvey might need to learn how to pitch without his blazing fastball.

Noah Syndergaard will be seeking a second opinion on his injured lat muscle. Syndergaard’s ailing back highlights once again the recurrence of injuries that plagues the Mets.

Rafael Montero will get another chance to prove himself since he has been chosen to pick up Syndergaard’s spot on Friday.

With the rotation stretched thin there are several pitchers the Mets could target to give them some depth until the others return from injury.

Tim Tebow is happy with the progress he is making with the Fireflies.

Around the NL East

It was a combination of poor pitching by both Bartolo Colon and the bullpen that led to the Braves’ downfall.

The Marlins defeated the Rays but it was Marcell Ozuna’s monstrous home run that caught everyone’s attention.

The Phillies lost to the Cubs but they seem to have a budding star in Maikel Franco.

Jacob Turner relieved an erratic Gio Gonzalez and kept the Diamondbacks off the board to help the Nationals pick up the victory.

Around the Majors

The never-ending feud between the Red Sox and Orioles seemed to be the reason Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was tossed after he hit Xander Bogaerts with a curveball. Chris Sale could be facing repercussions for throwing at Manny Machado in the previous game.

The Red Sox seem to be taking a zero tolerance policy when it comes to hate speech, and agent Scott Boras would like to see that implemented throughout the league.

Rangers starter Cole Hamels could miss up to eight weeks with an oblique strain.

Indians starter Corey Kluber was placed on the DL after feeling discomfort in his lower back.

The legendary Vin Scully was honored at Dodger Stadium with a permanent place in their Ring of Honor.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke covered Travis d’Arnaud’s wrist trouble, Syndergaard seeking a second opinion, and Montero getting the start against the Marlins.

Jonathan Maseng wrote about Wilmer Flores’s return from the DL.

This Date in Mets History

Starter Jack Hamilton allowed only a bunt single to the opposing pitcher on this date in 1966. He pitched a shutout against the Cardinals and the Mets won 8-0 behind his effort.

O captain, my captain. Reliever John Franco was named the team’s captain in 2001.