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New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - Game One Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets played the Braves in a doubleheader in Atlanta and the bad news came first as Seth Lugo blew two late inning leads and the Mets lost 4-3 in what may have been their most infuriating game of the season. Luckily there was good news too, as the Mets won the second half of the doubleheader thanks to some impressive offense, salvaging what would have been a very depressing day with an 8-5 victory at SunTrust Park.

Choose your recap (Game 1): Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday,, Bergen County Record.

Choose your recap (Game 2): Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday,, Bergen County Record.

The Mets sent Wilmer Flores and A.J. Ramos to the DL, replacing them with Hansel Robles and Phillip Evans.

The Mets also activated Kevin Plawecki and he rewarded them with some stellar hitting in the second game of their doubleheader.

Devin Mesoraco credits hitting coach Pat Roessler for his improvements at the plate.

Jacob deGrom is, unsurprisingly, not happy with the Mets losing so much.

Tim Britton doesn’t think Mickey Callaway’s strategy in Monday’s doubleheader was terribly sound.

Around the National League East

The Braves had to place Ronald Acuna Jr. on the DL with a mild ACL sprain.

The Phillies attempted to make the Mets hold their beer by having a late-inning meltdown of their own against the Dodgers.

The Nationals shut out the Orioles.

The Marlins blew out the Padres in San Diego.

Around Major League Baseball

Clint Hurdle was furious with the umpires after they ruled that Anthony Rizzo’s slide that took out Pirates catcher Elias Diaz was legal.

It was part of a bad day for the Pirates, who also saw David Freese and Joey Cora nearly get into a fight in the dugout.

Tigers catcher James McCann wore some special cleats to honor troops for Memorial Day.

In news that might make you feel old, the Giants called up Dereck Rodriguez, the son of Ivan Rodriguez.

Foley’s Pub in NYC has named a hamburger in honor of Joe Maddon’s foundation, and will donate proceeds from its sales to the charity.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Nicholas Schreiber previewed the Mets/Braves series.

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

Chris McShane argued that the Mets need to try using Jerry Blevins in lower-leverage spots until he regains his form.

Marshall Field took at look back at the disappointing Mets/Brewers series.

This Date in Mets History

Bud Harrelson took over as the Mets’ manager on this date in 1990, ending the Davey Johnson era.