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Meet the Mets

It took them a while, but the Mets managed to pull out a win over the Phillies in extra innings despite some shaky pitching all around. Noah Syndergaard had what was arguably his worst outing since 2017, giving up five runs in five innings. The bullpen was slightly better, with the notable exception of Jeurys Familia, who continued his early season struggles. Still, the Mets’ bats kept them in the game, and some nifty base-running by Juan Lagares helped them bring home the win.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, New York Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Bergen County Record, MLB.com

Prior to the game, the Mets recalled Drew Gagnon and sent Luis Guillorme down to Syracuse.

Michael Drago looked at how the eminent return of Todd Frazier might affect the Mets’ roster.

The Post strongly questioned Mickey Callaway’s decision not to bring out Edwin Diaz for a four-out save. The Athletic also took a look at why the Mets are choosing to use Diaz so conservatively. And Tim Britton shared Mickey Callaway’s thoughts on the subject.

Robinson Cano wore some special cleats to honor Jackie Robinson.

The Mets forcefully denied Alex Rodriguez’s speculation that Jacob deGrom was tipping his pitches, pointing instead to a mechanical flaw they claim they’ve fixed.

Is Pete Alonso the next great MLB slugger?

David Wright was very happy that Tiger Woods won the Masters, particularly because of their shared history of back pain.

Around the National League East

The Marlins continued their losing ways against the Cubs in front of another four-figure crowd at Marlins Park.

The Nationals signed reliever Dan Jennings to a minor-league deal.

The Phillies were forced to send reliever David Robertson to the DL with a sore elbow.

Around Major League Baseball

Christian Yelich was a one-man wrecking crew against the Cardinals.

Rob Whalen quit baseball because of his mental health issues. His story offers a disheartening look at the way some teams deal with mental health crises.

Cody Bellinger’s X-rays came back negative after he was hit by a pitch during the Dodgers/Reds game.

Meet the British baseball fan who’s aiming to attend 162 games this season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa handled Daily Prospect Report duties.

From Complex to Queens dropped its third episode.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Phillies series.

Linda Surovich sang the praises of Pete Alonso.

Allison McCague brought you player performance meters for pitchers and position players.

This Date in Mets History

Shea Stadium was christened on this date in 1964.