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Mets Morning News: Jacob deGrom remains masterful, Citi Field opens its doors for the first time this season

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

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Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom shockingly has had trouble with the Marlins in the past, but no such issues were on display in the series sweep of the Fish. deGrom was downright dominant. He struck out a career-high fourteen batters and added a solo home run of his own to boot. The rest of the Mets offense backed him up with just enough runs for when the bullpen made it dicey in the late innings. The Mets now come home to open at Citi for the first time this season to take on the Nationals.

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Jacob deGrom put on quite the pitching performance against the Marlins, but the home run he hit was a blast.

In every aspect of the game, the reigning Cy Young winner took advantage of the Marlins.

Brandon Nimmo was back in the lineup after getting hit by a pitch on the hand in Tuesday’s game.

Jeff McNeil, however, sat out with a sore knee but he was available to pinch hit if necessary.

Even with a six-run lead, the bullpen could not hold it which has become a recurring pattern so far in this young season.

Two players will be playing at Citi Field for the first time as Mets and they are expecting an electric atmosphere.

Last year their record was not great at home so they are looking to change that this season.

There is something weird that happens to the offense at home and the organization is still trying to figure out what is the cause of the drop in production..

Sandy Alderson’s fingerprints are still all over this team since he drafted well in his tenure as general manager.

Tim Tebow’s season in Triple-A will begin today when the Syracuse Mets play their first game.

Around the National League East

The Braves rallied late to claim victory over the Cubs.

Surprisingly, Marlins fans are pretty confident in how their rebuild is going.

The Phillies finally lost a game when they walked in the winning run against the Nationals.

It was a sloppy game played on both sides but Washington pulled out the win. Trea Turner was placed on the IL with a broken index finger.

Around Major League Baseball

Tommy Pham set a new Rays record when he reached base in thirty-nine consecutive games.

The Cubs signed utilityman David Bote to a five-year extension worth $15 million.

The Red Sox and Chris Sale are struggling but it shouldn’t be a cause for concern just yet.

The Yankees placed Troy Tulowitzki on the IL and called up Thairo Estrada to take his place on the roster.

Ken Griffey Jr. was a star when he debuted thirty years ago, but what players in today’s game embody that same Junior spirit?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The first official episode of A Pod of Their Own debuted where a variety of topics were discussed.

Maggie Wiggin put together a very handy guide for parents who are thinking about taking their children to Citi Field.

Steve Sypa previewed the 2019 St. Lucie Mets.

It seems Mickey Callaway’s approval rating among the fanbase has dipped a bit.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1988, Darryl Strawberry hit an absolutely mammoth blast at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.