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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard struggles as Mets lose to Tigers

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Noah Syndergaard struggled mightily on Friday, giving up 6 runs in just a little over five innings of work. It’s the seventh time this season Syndergaard has given up four or more runs in a start, something he did only five times all of last season. Drew Gagnon gave up three more, and so the Mets were sunk, despite scoring eight runs of their own. They went down swinging 9-8 against a bad Tigers squad.

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

The Mets activated Aaron Altherr before the game and he promptly rewarded them by hitting a home run.

The Mets also struck a deal with former All-Star Ervin Santana and picked up Matt Kemp on a minor league deal.

Ken Davidoff says it would be a mistake for the Mets to rush Anthony Kay up to the majors.

Michael Conforto is likely to make his return to the roster very soon.

Steve Phillips says Brody Van Wagenen hurt Mickey Callaway by putting unfair expectations on the Mets when he said he thought they’d win the NL East.

Darryl Strawberry hopes Pete Alonso breaks his rookie home run record with the Mets.

Ron Swoboda, meanwhile, is not fond of the comparisons between him and Alonso, although he’s a fan of the young slugger.

For what it’s worth, Keon Broxton homered in his first at-bat as an Oriole.

Ken Davidoff says spare pieces are great, but they won’t plug the major holes in the Mets pitching staff.

Around the National League East

The Braves got a win over the Cardinals.

The Nationals bounced back from their sweep at the hands of the Mets, but it wasn’t pretty.

Davey Martinez is off the chopping block — for now.

The Phillies beat the Brewers but lost reliever Pat Neshek to the DL.

Around Major League Baseball

Trevor Story became the fastest shortstop to reach 100 home runs, beating A-Rod’s old record. Then he hit his 101st to win the game in the 9th inning for the Rockies.

Atlanta is likely to be awarded the 2021 All Star Game.

George Springer is likely headed to the DL with a hamstring injury.

The Diamondbacks busted out of their slump with an 18-2 rout of the Giants.

Bartolo Colon’s birthday cake was as majestic as you might have assumed.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Thomas Henderson handled the Daily Prospect Report.

Amazin’ Avenue Audio was back with another episode.

Maggie Wiggin took a look at Dom Smith’s rising prospects.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Tigers series.

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

This Date in Mets History

The Mets and the Pirates played to a rare tie on this date in 1979 after a thick fog blanketed Shea Stadium in the late innings and made it impossible to see.