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The Mets opened up their series with the defending champs by notching a victory. Jacob deGrom mowed the Cubs down as the latest Mets pitcher to have a good outing. He was in such a groove that he demanded to finish the game. The team is now on a four-game winning streak and pulled a game closer to the division lead as the Nationals lost to the Braves.
Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday, MLB.com, NJ.com, Bergen County Record.
The other big story emerging from Monday’s game was the early exit of Yoenis Cespedes, who left the game after the fifth inning with a sore heel.
The Mets drafted left-handed pitcher David Peterson in the first round of the MLB amateur draft and then took high school third baseman Mark Vientos with a riskier second-round pick.
Jeurys Familia is hoping to be cleared to begin throwing as early as next week.
The Mets made a lot of roster moves over the weekend, demoting Tyler Pill, Matt Reynolds and T.J. Rivera to make room for Cespedes, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo.
The Mets have decided to see if former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard has anything left and signed him to a minor league deal.
Here’s Kristie Ackert on the Mets’ current defensive woes.
And here’s Ken Davidoff on the style of Amed Rosario.
Around the NL East
The Braves did the Mets a favor and took down the Nationals with an 11-10 win. The Braves won it from behind, scoring five runs in the last two innings.
The Braves drafted highly-regarded Vanderbilt pitcher Kyle Wright earlier in the day.
The Phillies blew two leads against the Red Sox and lost 6-5. They’re now 20 games under .500.
The Phillies selected outfielder Adam Haseley with their first round pick in the draft.
The Nationals selected talented but troubled pitcher Seth Romero with their top pick.
The Marlins drafted high school pitcher Trevor Rogers in the first round and took A-Rod’s nephew Joe Dunand in the second round.
Who’s the man behind the mask for the Braves’ viral sensation “The Freeze?” Here’s the answer.
Pirates pitcher Jameson Tailon made an impressive return after beating testicular cancer.
In a surprise, the Twins selected Royce Lewis with the number one pick in the draft.
The Astros were forced to put Lance McCullers on the DL with a back issue.
Oregon State’s Luke Heimlich, once thought to be a potential first round pick, fell out of the top two rounds after it was revealed that he plead guilty to sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl in 2011 when he was 16.
If Zack Cozart makes the All-Star team, Joey Votto has promised to buy him a donkey.
The New York Times had an interesting piece on the art of scouting and rating players.
Yesterday at AA
Matt Varvaro was back with another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.
Chris McShane had player performance meters for Pitchers and Position Players.
Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Cubs series.
Steve Sypa delivered a draft profile for David Peterson.
We once again have a Mets draft tracker.
This Date in Mets History
R.A. Dickey came within one very-debatable hit of a no-hitter on this date in 2012.