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Tomas Nido’s walk-off home run in the thirteenth inning lifted the Mets to an extra-inning 5-4 victory over the Tigers at Citi Field. Wilson Ramos homered twice in the win. Jason Vargas tossed five innings in his return from the injured list and gave up one run on five hits, striking out three and walking three. Edwin Diaz was unable to strand his inherited runner and blew his first save, but Wilmer Font and Hector Santiago each delivered two scoreless innings of work out of the bullpen, the latter earning the win, his first of the year.
Wilson Ramos is beginning to turn things around, which is good news for the Mets.
Friday’s loss demonstrated that the Mets can’t be successful with stopgap solutions forever, writes Ken Davidoff. They will either need to get their best players healthy, or go after the top tier talent still available.
Brandon Nimmo has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his neck and whiplash as a result of his collision with the outfield wall on April 14th. He received a steroid injection to reduce the inflammation and is working with a chiropractor to help resolve the issue. Because the disc is not ruptured, he does not need surgery.
Zack Wheeler has found his slider again, he told Tim Britton in an interview for The Athletic. Having that pitch working is key to his success on the mound and he feels poised for a breakout.
David Lennon discusses why he thinks the Mets have decided to stick with Mickey Callaway.
Dominic Smith used to let negative thoughts about the lack of success pinch hitters have statistically rule his mindset. He doesn’t anymore, writes Justin Toscano.
Around the National League East
Ender Inciarte remains sidelined with a lumbar strain and is not yet ready to resume baseball activities.
Around Major League Baseball
Longtime Dallas Morning News sports journalist Gerry Fraley died yesterday morning at the age of 64 after a two-year battle with cancer. Tributes and positive words about Fraley poured in from across the baseball media yesterday.
Clayton Kershaw’s son has already mastered the bat flip at age 2.
Fracisco Cervelli exited yesterday’s game with a possible concussion.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Liam Murphy covered the injury update on Brandon Nimmo.
Ken Lavin gave us the Daily Prospect Report.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2012, Johan Santana needed just 96 pitches to shut out the San Diego Padres. Of course, this came one turn through the rotation before an even more memorable start of his—a little preview of things to come.