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Mets Morning News: Offense explodes in San Diego, Cespedes injures thumb

Your Monday 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

One day after getting blown out, the Mets returned the favor to the Padres. The offense exploded against the San Diego bullpen with everyone in the lineup getting in on the action. Adrian Gonzalez did the most damage with a double and a home run, but overall it was hard to find someone who had a bad day at the plate. Zack Wheeler was solid on the mound after a shaky first inning.

The Mets now come home to take on the streaking Braves and their young phenoms.

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It was mostly a good day for the Mets but there was some concern when Yoenis Cespedes came out of the game after injuring his thumb. Cespedes isn’t too concerned and he doesn’t expect to miss more than a couple of games.

With Steven Matz experiencing some back stiffness, the Mets are going to play it safe and skip his start on Tuesday.

Jay Bruce might start seeing time at first base, they are just waiting for the team to face several right handed pitchers in a row.

So far this season Matt Harvey hasn’t had any pitches working for him and command of those pitches may never return.

Around the National League East

The Braves’ two young rising stars helped Atlanta wallop the Phillies 10-1. Julio Teheran left his last start with a minor injury but should still make his start Wednesday against the Mets.

Caleb Smith was fantastic on the mound for the Marlins and earned his first career win in their 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

The Phillies placed J.P. Crawford on the DL with a forearm strain. Vince Velasquez was not good right from the start against the Braves.

The Nationals salvaged a win against the Diamondbacks with a 3-1 victory.

Around Major League Baseball

Manager Dave Roberts benched Cody Bellinger after he wasn’t pleased with the first baseman’s hustle.

Giants’ second baseman Joe Panik could need surgery on his injured thumb which would put him out of action for an extended period of time.

Pirates rookie Nick Kingham made his major league debut for Pittsburgh and took a perfect game into the seventh inning.

Diamondbacks’ starter Robbie Ray strained his oblique in his start against the Nationals and had to leave the game.

With the month of April coming to a close some teams have improved their playoff chances whereas others have gotten off to an ugly start which is now part of the game.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Matthew Mackenzie wrote about Steven Matz’s start being pushed back.

Joshua Tessler covered Yoenis Cespedes’s departure from the game.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2002, Al Leiter achieved something that had never been done before. He became the first pitcher to defeat all thirty teams in the major leagues when he took down the Diamondbacks in a 10-1 win.