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Mets Morning News: Yoenis Cespedes heads to the DL, the Mets sink back into the offensive doldrums

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Meet the Mets

The Mets followed up a big win with a big loss at a soggy Citi Field. After a brief rain delay Zack Wheeler completely fell apart and departed after giving up five runs. A.J. Ramos and Buddy Baumann were also ineffective and the Blue Jays poured it on. The offensive futility continued against lefties as starter J.A. Happ shut them down for seven innings. The only run they managed to score was a home run in the ninth inning by Brandon Nimmo.

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Before the game, the Mets finally placed Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list with a right hip strain.

Unfortunately, Juan Lagares might be joining him after he sprained his toe running into the centerfield wall.

With Zack Wheeler’s poor performance the rotation is once again in shambles and it might be time to admit their rotation is not what they thought it was.

Wheeler is still trying to learn a splitter to make up for ineffective secondary pitches (paywall alert).

Ok so the game was bad and things look bleak right now, but the team still managed to have some fun in the clubhouse before the game.

Curtis Granderson enjoyed a nice series at the plate as a visitor but he also appreciated the welcome he received by his former team. Granderson overall is having a good season with Toronto after considering retirement in 2017.

Keith Hernandez said in a radio interview that he tried to help Matt Harvey during his struggles but it did not work out.

Around the National League East

The Braves budding young stars helped lead them to a win over the Cubs.

J.T. Realmuto and the Marlins took down the Dodgers 6-5.

Nick Pivetta was dominant in the Phillies’ win over the Orioles.

After having their game suspended the night before, the Nationals were again rained out and will make up their games against the Yankees in June.

Around Major League Baseball

Red Sox reliever Carson Smith injured his shoulder after throwing his glove in the dugout but he believes the problem stems from being overused.

Blake Swihart’s agent has requested that the Red Sox trade his client so he can get playing time elsewhere.

The sample size is still small but the humidor appears to be working in Arizona.

Matt Harvey made his second start for the Reds and it did not go as well as the first.

For some reason Sports Illustrated ran a cover story redemption piece on prospect Luke Heimlich who plead guilty to molesting his six-year-old niece. Heimlich’s situation is another example of professional teams not running simple background checks for people in their organization.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis wrote up the Cespedes injury news.

This Date in Mets History

Both Steve Trachsel and Mike Pelfrey set regrettable records on this date. In 2001, Trachsel set a new team record for most home runs allowed in one inning. Then in 2009, Pelfrey became the first pitcher in 15 years to balk three times in one game.