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MLB: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

No matter how many times you say it it’s still surprising. But the Mets really can’t pitch. Another dud of a start from Robert Gsellman and middling work from the bullpen allowed the Cubs to put up eight runs in the series opener at Wrigley. The Mets’ offense couldn’t answer back, as Chicago comfortably won 8-3.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, ESPN, MLB.com, New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, NJ.com, Bergen Record.

Made perfectly clear from last night’s start, Gsellman is still struggling with his mechanics.

The Mets’ rotation struggles may be a byproduct of the league-wide boosted home run rates.

The team does seem to have a jump start on assembling the bullpen for next season.

Speaking of 2018, could Mike Moustakas be a Met? Isn’t it nice to have a juicy offseason rumor all the way in September?

Despite last night’s pounding, the Mets still have a chance to play spoiler.

Former Amazin’ Darryl Strawberry has made it clear he’s not impressed with his former organization.

Catching prospect Tomas Nido got his call-up to the big league squad.

Around the NL East

The Nationals got blown out by the Braves, but Gio Gonzalez pitched a very valuable inning.

One of the Braves many talented prospects led the way to the win.

The Phillies knocked off the Marlins in 15 innings, and their fans suddenly have a lot to look forward to.

Fish Stripes is catching up with the Marlins players traded away this summer, including now-Met A.J. Ramos.

Around the Majors

The Indians keep winning, and last night’s victory tied the record for most consecutive wins for an American League team. Baseball’s other high-profile streak, however, has come to an end.

The Twins went seven-up in a record-setting win.

Justin Verlander seems to be fitting in well in his new spot in the new rotation.

Super pitching/also hitting prospect Shohei Otani has reportedly decided he’ll play in the majors next year.

MLB unveiled the schedule for all the matchups we’ll see next season. And if you happen to be in the Bay Area on April 17, you can go to a game for free.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore talked about the player who was named later in the Neil Walker trade.

He also examined the highlights from next year’s schedule.

Chris McShane broke out the player meter for games over the past week.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets won a game on a walk-off this date seven years ago thanks to a hitter who to this day remains a mystery.