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Meet the Mets

Chris Flexen was roughed up in his spot start in place of Jacob deGrom, as the Mets lost to the Cardinals 10-2, once again exposing their thin pitching depth. The Mets were held scoreless through seven, but Jeff McNeil did collect his 100th career hit. He is now the fastest Met to reach 100 hits for his career in franchise history.

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It’s possible that the Mets’ overreacted to Jacob deGrom’s minor elbow soreness, writes David Lennon. But playing it safe was the right thing to do.

Kevin Kernan agrees that treating deGrom as cautiously as possible is the only way to go. He thinks deGrom should get an MRI too.

That said, yesterday we learned that deGrom will not get an MRI after all, despite skipping his start. deGrom said he felt “completely normal” playing catch yesterday at Busch Stadium.

Regardless of how the deGrom situation turns out, the Mets need more starting pitching, writes John Harper.

Pete Alonso was hit on the hand while swinging at a Mike Mikolas offering during yesterday’s game. But his x-rays were negative and he appears fine. “A little boo-boo,” he called it.

Jeff McNeil is confident he can win a batting title. His thoughts on that, which pitcher he’d love to face, the Subway Series, his childhood hero, and more in a Q&A with the New York Post’s Steve Serby.

Amed Rosario is starting a new charity called Rosario’s Kids, the goal of which is to “impact the lives of children through sport and mentorship.”

Wally Backman is excited about his roster for the Long Island Ducks, which includes a few former Mets.

The Mets are still “in touch” with Craig Kimbrel, according to Ken Rosenthal. But the Mets would only sign him if he were willing to settle for a setup role for Edwin Diaz.

Around the National League East

The Marlins, who rank last in baseball in runs scored, fired their hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo.

Meanwhile, their struggling offense came to life against the Nationals, as Miami came out on top 9-3 and collected 11 hits off Max Scherzer.

Braulio Lara, a 30-year-old former pitcher in the Nationals organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic yesterday, along with one other person. Four people were injured in the accident.

The Braves came from behind, putting together a five-run ninth inning to beat the Indians 8-7.

Bryce Harper hit a clutch three-run homer in the Phillies’ 8-5 victory over the Rockies.

Around Major League Baseball

The Indians activated Francisco Lindor from the injured list yesterday.

Nate Eovaldi has been placed on the injured list with loose bodies in his elbow. The beleaguered Red Sox called up lefty Bobby Poyner to take his roster spot.

Things are not going well elsewhere in the AL East either. Aaron Judge exited yesterday’s game with an oblique injury and will get an MRI, the latest Yankee to go down with an injury.

Chris Davis pitched an inning for the Orioles yesterday. And gave up a home run to his former teammate, Jonathan Schoop.

With yesterday’s solo homer, Albert Pujols moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time RBI list. He is now one RBI shy of Lou Gehrig for fourth place.

Speaking of history, Christian Yelich hit two MORE home runs yesterday, bringing his total up to 13 for the year. He is one home run shy of the all-time MLB record for most home runs before May.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Ken Lavin gave us the Daily Prospect Report, which included a lot of rainouts.

Lukas Vlahos caught us up on the latest regarding the Jacob deGrom situation.

Robert Fallo covered the promotion of Daniel Zamora and the update on Pete Alonso’s status.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday, Jesse Orosco!