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Mets Morning News: Bullpen implodes for another series loss, newest prospect Jarred Kelenic introduced

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Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler and the Mets seemed to be on their way to a series victory until Jeurys Familia entered. Familia and Anthony Swarzak allowed the Pirates to take the lead in the ninth and it goes down as yet another loss where the starter deserved a different outcome.

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Zack Wheeler looked good on the mound and it might be due to a mechanical change that has helped him find extra velocity (paywall alert).

Despite things going awry, Mickey Callaway defended his bullpen usage after the loss.

Tim Peterson was the only one out of the bullpen who looked good in the loss, and he continues to impress every time he is called upon.

Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo traded places in the outfield and it appears that Conforto will see less time in center going forward.

One of the interim GMs, John Ricco, met with the press and announced that the Mets will be sellers at the deadline. After working with Sandy Alderson for eight years it might be time to give the general manager position to Ricco.

There are others who could potentially take over, but no matter who the next GM is they will be tasked to fix a franchise that is flailing and broken.

First-round pick Jarred Kelenic got his first taste of New York.

Around the National League East

The Braves’ bullpen ended their series against the Reds on a low note.

The Marlins will be calling up a couple of their top pitching prospects this weekend. Miami fell to the Diamondbacks 2-1.

Zach Eflin held the Yankees scoreless and helped lead the Phillies to a 3-0 win.

The Nationals find themselves at a critical juncture at this point in the season. Jayson Werth announced his retirement after fifteen years in the big leagues.

Around Major League Baseball

Father Time will forever remain undefeated so how do players handle their inevitable decline?

The Royals are contemplating signing Luke Heimlich but they need to seriously consider the ramifications such a decision would entail.

The amount of women working in baseball has seen significant growth but there is still plenty of work to be done, especially in the upper levels.

The Tigers fired pitching coach Chris Bosio after he made racially insensitive comments.

Angels infielder Zack Cozart will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and could be out for the rest of the season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa wrote about the minor league players of the week and created a draft profile on Brendan Hardy.

This Date in Mets History

In 1994, Doc Gooden received a 60-day suspension after testing positive for cocaine which effectively ended his Mets career.