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Mets Morning News: A St. Louis Surprise

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets rolled into St. Louis and sent Jason Vargas to the mound. While Vargas hasn’t inspired confidence so far in 2019, he was passable on the night, giving up just one run in four innings of work, as the Mets managed to muster just enough offense, thanks in part to another massive Pete Alonso homer, to beat the Cardinals 5-4.

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

The big news of the day is that Jacob deGrom is set to undergo an MRI after heading to the DL for a “barking elbow.”

One potential rotation replacement for deGrom could be Gio Gonzalez, who looks likely to opt out of his deal with the Yankees after firing agent Scott Boras and hiring CAA. The Mets sent scouts to his most recent game, though it got rained out.

Former Met Jon Niese is looking to make a comeback with the Long Island Ducks and their manager Wally Backman.

Around the National League East

John Smoltz is befuddled by some of the moves the Braves have made this season.

The Marlins fired their hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, and also took down the Nationals in their series opener.

The Phillies fell to the Rockies in extra innings.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees signed Logan Morrison to a deal, a clear sign of just how bad their injury situation has gotten, since Morrison has had a lot of mean things to say about the Yankees and their fans over the years.

Tim Anderson was suspended following his controversial use of the N-word during a heated moment in Wednesday’s White Sox game. Bradford William Davis of the Daily News argues that MLB made the wrong decision by suspending Anderson, who’s Black, for using the word.

The Diamondbacks made a trade for Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart.

Friday saw a historical first ever matchup between a pitcher and batter who were both wearing the number 0.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Cardinals series.

Joe Sokolowski was back with another edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.”

Allison McCague took a look at the implications of the Mets’ three-out limit for Edwin Diaz.

Thomas Henderson handled the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver picked up his first career win on this date in 1967.