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Mets Morning News: Wonderful Wilmer not enough in Washington

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Meet the Mets

The good news: no one left Saturday’s game with an injury. The other good news: Wilmer Flores remains excellent against left-handed pitching. The bad news: everything else. Robert Gsellman got knocked around early, and the Nationals were up 5-0 within two innings. The Mets eventually fell to Washington 9-4, with a doubleheader still to play on Sunday.

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The latest brutal start from Gsellman has him headed back to the minors.

Jeurys Familia made his Mets return, but struggled as well.

A few other of the team’s pitchers may be getting ready for a return of their own.

David Wright is also taking slow steps to get back in action for the Mets.

The latest injury for the club (Yoenis Cespedes in case you don’t remember, it’s hard to keep track) has some other players hoping to take advantage of a long-sought opportunity.

If they prove themselves, however, the Mets may be forced to add another outfielder next season.

Around the NL East

It’s easy for Mets fans to complain about injuries, but they should know it’s been about just about as bad for the Nationals without nearly the same effect on their record.

The Phillies were absolutely annihilated by the Cubs, but at least this Rhys Hoskins guy has something going.

No home run for Giancarlo Stanton, but the Marlins did walk off with an extra-innings win against the Padres

A doomed ninth inning cost the Braves a chance at a win against the Rockies.

Around the Majors

After a long absence, Greg Bird is back in action at first base for the Yankees.

Meanwhile, Royals ace Danny Duffy is heading to the disabled list with a sore elbow.

There’s a lot more to Players Weekend than the funky jerseys with nicknames on the back.

This Date in Mets History

On this date 43 years ago, rookie Benny Ayala marked a first in team history. The rookie hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. Only three Mets have done it since.