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Mets Morning News: Another day with no offense

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets dropped their fifth game in a row last night as they fell to the Orioles 2-1. The Mets managed only three hits against Alex Cobb and company while Jason Vargas settled down after a first inning which looked like he was bound for another rough outing. The Mets will play the second and final game of the series this afternoon as Zack Wheeler takes the mound.

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

Todd Frazier and Anthony Swarzak returned from the disabled list yesterday as Gerson Bautista was optioned to Triple-A and Buddy Bauman was DFA’d.

David Lennon thinks there’s no end in sight for the Mets ineptitude.

Yoenis Cespedeseventual return to the Mets will have a large impact on playing time for many different players.

Brandon Nimmo is starting to find his power.

Jay Bruce’s struggles have no obvious explanation.

Kevin Kernan thinks it’s time for the Mets to change how they bat.

Around the National League East

The Nationals defeated the Rays 4-2 as Max Scherzer threw his second career immaculate inning, making him just the fifth pitcher to have multiple immaculate innings.

The Braves crushed the Padres 14-1, the same day they placed Julio Teheran on the DL.

The Marlins beat the Cardinals 7-4.

The Phillies beat the Cubs 6-1.

Around Major League Baseball

The Mariners won their fifth game in a row over the Astros and extended their division lead to two games.

J.D. Martinez hit his major league leading 20th home run as the Red Sox blanked the Tigers 6-0.

Mike Trout may be the best player in baseball but he also played a big role in getting Shoehi Ohtani started in the big leagues.

The Cardinals activated Yaider Molina and Carlos Martinez off of the disabled list.

Baseball Prospectus looks at winning and the cost of silence.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis looks at how Steven Matz has been much better since a rough April.

Aaron Yorke wants fans to stop feeling bad for Jacob deGrom.

Nicholas Schreiber previewed the series against Baltimore.

Lukas Vlahos delivered the daily prospect report.

Steve Sypa profiled all the Mets draft picks. Tylor Megill, Kevin Smith, Nick Meyer, Ryley Gilliam, Adam Hill, and Carlos Cortes.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, the Mets beat the Yankees and Roger Clemens 7-2 on national TV.