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Mets Morning News: Bad Brew

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

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Meet the Mets

The 2019 Mets have started looking a lot like the 2018 version over the past week, and Friday night’s game wasn’t much different. While their pitching got the job done, albeit despite a shaky Steven Matz, the offense was nowhere to be seen. Worse still, the Mets had to pull Luis Avilan from the game in the 8th due to a sore elbow.

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

In a somewhat surprising move, the Mets demoted Dominic Smith to Syracuse to make room for Adeiny Hechavarria on the roster. Smith, who’d been hitting well, was said to be surprised by the move, and angry at the team.

Art Shamsky is on a quest to get Gil Hodges into the Hall of Fame.

Despite their recent pitching losses, the Mets don’t appear to be likely to sign Craig Kimbrel.

The Mets are on the hook for the rest of Travis d’Arnaud’s salary in 2019.

Tim Tebow hasn’t been able to hit Triple-A pitching so far this season, and unless he heats up over the summer, his major league dreams may come to naught.

The Athletic took a look back at the Mets’ first month and handed out some superlatives for the team.

Around the National League East

The Braves beat the Marlins in a tense game that saw Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman tossed from the game for throwing a pitch behind Juan Urena.

The Phillies beat the Nationals to widen their NL East lead over the Mets.

Derek Jeter is not happy about the state of the Marlins.

Around Major League Baseball

Kyle Hendricks pitched an absolutely filthy complete game shutout for the Cubs, and needed only 81 pitches to get it.

If you think the Mets’ injury woes are bad, just look crosstown. The Yankees lost James Paxton to a sore knee in Friday’s game.

Roberto Osuna remains a troubling and polarizing figure for the Astros.

Chris Sale finally picked up his first win of the season.

Daniel Epstein took a look at what it means if the ball is indeed juiced in MLB.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Brewers series.

Thomas Henderson handled the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Rookie Ron Hunt caused a massive brawl during the Mets’ game against the Braves on this date in 1964.