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Mets Morning News: Bullpen Bust

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

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Meet the Mets

The story of the night was the Mets’ bullpen. Handed a 6-3 lead in the eighth inning by Jacob deGrom, who’d struck out twelve Nationals players on the night, the bullpen promptly surrendered five runs and the Mets lost 8-6 in their most disappointing game of the season.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Post, Daily News, NY Times, MLB.com, Bergen County Record, Newsday.

Asdrubal Cabrera hurt the Mets with some poor base running in the ninth inning and owned up to it after the game.

Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes were riding the bench for the opener of the Nationals series.

Cespedes has had a poor start despite the Mets’ general success.

Brandon Nimmo seems happy with his role on the team despite irregular playing time.

Mickey Callaway knows the Mets can’t let one bad outing turn into something more.

Kristie Ackert says Callaway may need to be more careful with the pen, which has logged too many innings early in the season.

James Wagner on how deGrom is not like Thor.

The Las Vegas 51s will be rebranding after this season, with a new name to go with their new ballpark and new major league affiliate.

Here’s some info on the Friends for Flores event happening before tonight’s game at Citi Field.

The Mets came in at number four in ESPN’s week two power rankings.

Sunday’s Mets/Brewers game was the Mets’ highest rated weekend afternoon game in eight years.

Baseball Prospectus had some quick takes about the Mets’ season so far.

Did the 2017 season actually benefit the Mets in the long run?

Around the National League East

The Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 thanks to a strong start from Julio Teheran.

The Marlins were trounced by the Yankees in the Bronx.

Around Major League Baseball

Ice falling from the CN Tower in Toronto damaged the roof of the Rogers Centre, forcing the postponement of the Blue Jays and Royals game.

The Royals were nearly involved in crash the day before after ice shattered the windshield of their team bus, momentarily blinding their driver and forcing reliever Blaine Boyer to grab the wheel and save them.

Aaron Judge became the fastest player to reach 60 home runs, breaking Mark McGwire’s record.

Jurickson Profar may have sustained a concussion during a collision in Monday night’s Rangers game.

MLB has yanked Jackie Robinson commemorative caps featuring the Chief Wahoo logo out of retail stores.

The Oakland A’s are expecting a “sellout” crowd for a free night of baseball at the Coliseum to commemorate the team’s 50th Anniversary in Oakland.

Kevin Kiermaier needs thumb surgery and will miss two or three months of action.

Puerto Rican baseball remains strong in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

MLB attendance has been way down to start this season. Is it the bad weather, or something more?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Nationals series.

There was another excerpt from Brian Wright’s upcoming book “Mets in 10s.”

Matt Varvaro was back with another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Steve Sypa had your daily prospect report.

This Date in Mets History

Shea Stadium opened on this date in 1964.