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Mets Morning News: Mets have a Memorial Day meltdown; Bill Buckner dies

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets went into the 6th inning of their Memorial Day matchup with the Dodgers in the driver’s seat, holding a 3-2 lead over the boys in blue, but the lack of Seth Lugo came back to haunt the Mets. Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora combined to give up a six-run-sixth before Wilmer Font mercifully ended the inning. Cody Bellinger plagued the Mets all day with his bat and his throwing arm. The Dodgers and Mets would tack on a couple more in the 8th, but by then it was too late for the Amazins, who lost another start in which Jacob deGrom exited with a lead, this time by the score of 9-5.

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

When Kike Hernandez unleashed his three-run homer on the Mets in the sixth inning, he was using one of Chase Utley’s old bats.

Robinson Cano should return to the Mets soon, but Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil are bigger question marks.

Tomas Nido appears to have become Jacob deGrom’s preferred catcher, though no one on the Mets will admit it.

Kevin Kernan says the Dodgers should show Brodie Van Wagenen what a real World Series contender looks like.

Bill Buckner, who found himself forever linked to the Mets due to his blunder in the 1986 World Series, died on Monday. Tributes poured in, including one from Mookie Wilson, and another penned by Greg Prince over at Faith and Fear in Flushing.

Aaron Altherr hopes he’s found a good spot with the Mets.

Around the National League East

The Phillies are in the market for some bats for their bench.

The Marlins are on a bit of a winning upswing following another victory over the Nationals.

Rhys Hoskins has been doing some amazing charity work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Around Major League Baseball

Dustin Pedroia made the very sad announcement that he may never play baseball again due to his bad knee.

The Oakland A’s are on a ten game winning streak.

Manny Machado doesn’t care about Yankees fans booing him, because he says they’re just acknowledging his greatness.

The Orioles appear to have stripped Mychal Givens of his closer duties.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa handled the Daily Prospect Report.

There was a new episode of From Complex to Queens released.

Steve Sypa broke down the amateur draft.

Allison McCague had player performance meters for both pitchers and position players.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the series between the Mets and Dodgers.

This Date in Mets History

El Duque made his Mets debut on this date in 2006 and came away with a win.