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Mets Morning News: Hanging by a thread

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Meet the Mets

The Mets barley hung on to defeat the Marlins 6-5 on Tuesday night. Thanks in large part to a 5 run first inning, the Mets withstood Seth Lugo’s 7th and 8th inning struggles as he gave up three runs in 1.1 innings pitched. Jason Vargas started his first game of 2019 and though he was hit hard, he was able to limit the Marlins to just two runs in 5 innings. Jacob deGrom will get the nod tonight in the series finale before the Mets head back to Queens for their home opener.

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

Travis d’Arnaud and Todd Frazier are set to begin rehab assignments this week.

Dominic Smith is making the most out of any role he is given.

Mickey Callaway was included in Ken Rosenthal’s list of managers on the hot seat this season.

Kevin Kernan writes that Brodie Van Wagenen’s focus on depth is already showing.

The Ron Darling-Lenny Dykstra battle is heating up.

Steve Gelbs had some fun with the trumpet during Tuesday’s game.

Around the National League East

In his return to Washington D.C., Bryce Harper was booed and struck out twice when facing Max Scherzer before doubling in his third at bat, singling in his fourth, and homering in his fifth. The Phillies ended up beating the Nationals 8-2.

Trea Turner exited Tuesday’s game after injuring his finger on a bunt attempt.

The Braves and Ronald Acuna agreed to an 8-year $100 million extension on Tuesday.

Former Braves’ manager Bobby Cox is in the hospital after suffering a possible stroke.

Around Major League Baseball

Dustin Pedroia may return for the Red Sox home opener.

Steve Souza Jr. underwent successful surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee.

The Rockies and German Marquez agreed to a 5-year $43 million contract extension.

Zack Greinke hit two homers and struck out ten batters en route to a Diamondbacks win.

The Yankees continued their slow start as Aroldis Chapman allowed two runs in the ninth to lose 3-1 to Detroit.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Linda Surovich looked at how the Mets are using their two young first basemen.

David Capobianco broke down Pete Alonso’s first major league home run.

Steve Sypa previewed the 2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

The first episode of the UnforMETable podcast with Robert Wolff debuted on Tuesday.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets began their 97 win 2006 campaign on this date 13 years ago with a win over the Washington Nationals.