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Mets Morning News: Mets drop series to Padres as offense struggles again

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Meet the Mets

The newly acquired Wilmer Font got the start of the Mets and was solid in his debut. He gave up only two runs but once again it was the offense who struggled. Tomas Nido hit his first home run of the year, but when he came up with an opportunity to tie the game in the ninth he did not come through. He ended the game and the Mets ended their road trip with a 1-5 record.

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

The Mets’ pitching depth is still paper thin, but Wilmer Font did his job in the finale against the Padres.

With the team floundering Mickey Callaway could find himself on the hotseat sooner rather than later.

Jed Lowrie is set to join the team this weekend which means the Mets will have decisions to make regarding the roster. They will also have to figure out where he fits best in the lineup.

The team is bad right now but there are signs that they could be coming out of it soon.

Mets prospects in Double-A tossed a combined no-hitter against Harrisburg,

Around the National League East

The Braves were swept by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

The Marlins were walked off by the Cubs in extra innings.

Phillies Chairman David Montgomery passed away at the age of 72 after battling cancer. Philadelphia shut out the Cardinals in a 5-0 win.

The Nationals signed outfielder Gerardo Parra to a minor league deal. Washington was swept by Brewers to complete their own 1-5 trip.

Around Major League Baseball

There has been an uptick in hit batsmen this year and one possible explanation is that more breaking balls are being thrown (paywall alert).

Yusei Kikuchi was phenomenal against the Yankees but he might have been aided by pine tar hidden on his hat.

Texas slugger Joey Gallo became the first person in major league history to hit 100 home runs before hitting 100 singles.

The Cubs activated Addison Russell for the first time since he was suspended for domestic violence.

Wilmer Flores was up to his old tricks and gave the Diamondbacks the lead in the 9th in their win over the Rays.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague took a look at how the juiced balls could be negatively impacting Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.

Steve Sypa listed the Mets Minor League Players of the Week.

The Amazin’ Avenue community came up with its own list of the top 30 prospects in the organization.

On episode 6 of A Pod of Their Own, baseball’s domestic violence problem was discussed at length.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1984, it was not a player or manager who got ejected from the game, but instead two cameraman got tossed. The umpire ejected the pair after they were caught showing replays to third base coach Bobby Valentine and pitcher Mike Torrez.