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Mets Morning News: Vargas blows up in his 2018 debut

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

New York Mets v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Padres blew out the Mets 12-2 on Saturday night. In his 2018 debut, Jason Vargas lasted just 3.2 innings while giving up nine runs. Seth Lugo followed in relief of Vargas and gave up three more runs in 2.1 innings. The lone offense on the night for the Mets came in the sixth inning off a Yoenis Cespedes two-run homer. The Mets will play the rubber game of the series today at 4:10.

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

Jeurys Familia being called upon to pitch last night in a blow out was curious, but it appears he will be leaving the team for a few days following the death of his father-in-law.

Sandy Alderson said the Mets will monitor the market for a catcher.

Jay Bruce playing some games at first-base could begin as soon as next week.

Chris Flexen is trying to find his way back to the big league club.

Robert Gsellman thinks his hobby of playing video games used to negatively impact his pitching.

Keith Hernandez shared a nice anecdote about the tie he was wearing on Saturday.

Around the National League East

The Nationals’ bullpen blew another game on Saturday as they lost to the Diamonbacks in ten innings.

The Marlins beat the Rockies 4-1.

The Phillies lost to the Braves, but Odubel Herrera made a phenomenal catch.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees won their eight straight game after scoring ten runs in the first two innings.

The Diamondbacks are the first NL team since the 1907 Cubs to win their first nine series of the season.

Pablo Sandoval was called upon to pitch for the Giants and threw a perfect frame in the top of the ninth.

For some players, a golf swing and a baseball swing is connected.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio came out!

Kory Powell delivered the daily farm report.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1984 John Franco picked up his first ever big league save. Twelve years later, he picked up his 300th, becoming the first ever lefty to hit the mark.

Happy 60th birthday to the the man Mets’ fans have been listening to since 1989, Gary Cohen!