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Mets Morning News: Here comes the rain again

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

St Louis Cardinals v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom opened the series against the Cardinals and looked like Jacob deGrom through seven innings. He left with the lead thanks in part to a Michael Conforto blast and a Dominic Smith RBI single. All seemed well until the rains game and Edwin Diaz blew the lead. With rain in the forecast the game was called and will resume before today’s game.

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After missing some time with an injury, it looks like Michael Conforto is finally returning to form.

Jacob deGrom was visibly frustrated after giving up the first Cardinals run and he said afterwards it was because of the shift.

Edwin Diaz blowing saves makes him fit right in for the Mets.

This upcoming stretch could be a make or break for the Mets’ season.

Mickey Callaway gave an update on Jed Lowrie who is still not close to joining the big league club.

Pete Alonso began the year by crushing balls low in the zone but he already made an adjustment to pitches up and in which is quite impressive for the rookie.

For the second game in a row, Wilson Ramos caught Jacob deGrom after Tomas Nido mostly handled deGrom’s games.

Ramos’s wife surprised him in the on-deck circle with a pregnancy announcement.

The rehabbing Mets in Syracuse all did well as they all work their way back to full strength.

Todd Zeile had big shoes to fill when he took over while Ron Darling was battling cancer and he was a bit apprehensive at first.

Around the National League East

The Braves completed a sweep of the Pirates with a 6-5 win.

Aaron Nola has struggled for the Phillies this season, but it can be compared to another former ace who also struggled for Philadelphia.

The Nationals were nearly no-hit by Zack Greinke as they dropped the series opener against the Diamondbacks.

Around Major League Baseball

Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle in major league history.

Baseball games have become mini home run derbies and something needs to be done to fix it before it gets out of hand (paywall alert).

The Dodgers placed Corey Seager on the injured list with a hamstring strain.

Tommy Pham thinks the All-Star balloting is unfair to smaller market teams.

The Tigers are in sell mode and could move some of their stars at the deadline.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris discuss the Mets’ use of the disabled list as well as Zack Wheeler’s future with the team.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the series with the Cardinals.

Steve Sypa wrote up a draft profile on Matt O’Neill.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1963, Duke Snider hit the 400th home run of his career at the Polo Grounds which helped lead the Mets to a 10-3 win over the Reds.