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Mets Morning News: Mets drop series in Philadelphia, Jacob deGrom has strep throat

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

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Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler looked much better against the Phillies but unfortunately the offense was stymied by Jake Arrieta. Wheeler gave up three runs but was mostly solid. The Mets rallied late but it wasn’t enough and they dropped the game and the series.

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

Despite losing the series against the Phillies, the Mets held their own against their division rivals.

Before the game, Drew Gagnon was optioned back to Syracuse and Jacob Rhame was recalled.

With the Mets rotating bullpen arms, Craig Kimbrel could probably help this team. In fact, if he signs with a team in the NL East he could help decide the race.

Jacob deGrom came down with strep throat and will miss his scheduled start on Friday.

Noah Syndergaard addressed the cheating rumors after video caught him reaching for something in his glove.

Brandon Nimmo is still feeling pain in his neck and doesn’t know what caused it.

Around the National League East

Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. The Braves and the bullpen fell against the Diamondbacks by a score of 3-2.

Marlins fans are not happy with the job Don Mattingly is doing for their club.

Jake Arrieta was the story in the Phillies win over the Mets. Having good players has helped boost fan attendance in Philadelphia. With his struggles continuing, Nick Pivetta was sent to Triple-A.

In a slugfest against the Giants, the Nationals came out victorious over San Francisco.

Around Major League Baseball

Tim Anderson flipped his bat after hitting a home run which led to him getting thrown at and benches clearing in the White Sox and Royals game.

After 6,827 plate appearances Joey Votto finally popped up to first.

Vlad Guerrero Jr., who is still somehow not in the majors, hit a home run out of the stadium in Pawtucket.

Dustin Pedroia exited the Red Sox’s game against the Yankees early when he felt some discomfort in his knee.

Kevin Kiermaier was caught stealing twice in the same inning which hasn’t happened in eight years.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Maggie Wiggin updated Brandon Nimmo’s status.

Steve Sypa brought to you the Mets Minor League players of the week.

Vasilis Drimalitis wrote about the return of Jacob Rhame.

Allison McCague discussed deGrom’s illness and what it means for the rotation going forward.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1970, Nolan Ryan picked up his first career shutout against the Phillies.