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Mets Morning News: Game of Groans

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

New York Mets v Miami Marlins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

In their third consecutive disappointing effort against the Marlins, the Mets at least had the decency to end things quickly in their 3-0 loss. Finishing in just under two hours, Sandy Alcantara dominated the Mets on his way to a 89-pitch Maddux.

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

While fans may be calling for his head, Mickey Callaway doesn’t seem to be on the chopping block.

For the second time this series, Robinson Cano made a baserunning blunder that had everyone and their mother up in arms.

As the Mets finished up losing three straight games to the worst team in the league, some believe that Robinson Cano’s hustle was the real issue that needed to be discussed.

This coming homestand can be make-or-break for Mickey Callaway’s job prospects.

Brodie Van Wagenen’s ties to former clients and his manager’s defense of them is rubbing some people the wrong way.

Following a four inning rehab start, Jason Vargas said he felt “good”, but doesn’t know when he’ll be returning to the major league roster.

While everything on the major league level may be sad and devoid of all joy, Tim Tebow is doing his best to provide happiness.

Around the National League East

Following Freddie Freeman’s late home run on Saturday to give the Braves the win over the Brewers, Milwaukee responded with a 10th inning blast of their own from Ben Gamel to give the Brew Crew a 3-2 win.

On Sunday Night Baseball, the Nationals fought valliantly against Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs, but giving up a run in each of the first four innings was too much to overcome in their 6-5 loss.

On the back of the awoken Bryce Harper, the Phillies scored four runs in the sixth inning to secure their 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Around Major League Baseball

A year after its debut, just how much has the Opener strategy changed baseball as we know it?

Doug Glanville wrote for the New York Times about how a once simple gesture behind his head might mean a whole lot more.

2013 ALCS MVP Koji Uehara officially announced his retirement.

Jay Bruce is doing his part in preventing childhood PED use.

Things may look bleak for the Mets, but at least they’re not the Seattle Mariners right now.

As Memorial Day approaches, the American League playoff picture might already be set and that’s a problem.

With his slow start out of the way, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has returned to his regularly scheduled dinger smashing.

Shane Bieber became the fourth youngest player of all time to strike out 15 or more batters and walk none in a complete game shutout.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, Robin Ventura became the first player ever to hit a grand slam in both ends of a doubleheader.