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Mets Morning News: The NeverEnding Story

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

MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

In a game that began on Saturday night and lasted into early Sunday morning, the New York Mets lost a heartbreaker to the Milwaukee Brewers in 18 grueling innings. Zack Wheeler started and gave the Mets seven strong innings, but the offense again was mostly dormant until Pete Alonso hit a solo home run to tie the game up in the ninth. With both teams draining their bullpens, the Mets broke through in the 18th inning to take a 3-2 lead, but Chris Flexen gave up two in the bottom half of the frame to take the loss.

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In the 4-3 defeat, Amed Rosario committed two more errors and now leads the team with nine miscues on the season. The Post’s Ken Davidoff examines what the Mets can do with Rosario, whose defense has become a problem for the team.

In a separate piece, Davidoff argues that the Mets should not be afraid to take playing time away from some under-performing veterans like Robinson Cano, who again went 0-for-7 in last night’s loss.

The team’s depleted bullpen is set to get one of its arms back next week. Justin Wilson should be activated from the IL on Monday or Tuesday, depending on how he feels today, according to Matt Ehalt.

Following his release, Travis d’Arnaud took to Instagram to thank the organization and the fans, saying, “It’s been an amazing journey to be a Met.”

Around the National League East

The Philadelphia Phillies blew a 8-5 lead by giving up four in the eighth and one in the ninth in a 10-8 loss to the Washington Nationals. Before the defeat, the team activated Odubel Herrera from the IL and designated Aaron Altherr for assignment.

The Miami Marlins were pounded by the Atlanta Braves 9-2 to drop their league-worst record to 9-23. Prior to the game, the team placed outfielder Garrett Cooper to the IL and recalled Pete O’Brien from Triple-A New Orleans.

Around Major League Baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the Injured List with a right elbow flex strain and reinstated Kevin Newman from the IL. The team also optioned Pablo Reyes to Triple-A.

The Cincinnati Reds released Matt Kemp, whom they acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the offseason.

Former Mets pitcher Chris Young is baseball’s biggest rising star.

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has received an unspecified punishment for using a homophobic slur on umpire Angel Hernandez.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The Mets placed Luis Avilan on the IL following an injury he suffered in Friday night’s loss. The team recalled Flexen to take his place.

The Mets officially released long-time catcher d’Arnaud after designating him for assignment.

This Date in Mets’ History

On this date in 2004, Mike Piazza hit career home run number 352 as a catcher, surpassing Carlton Fisk for first on the all-time list.