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Mets Morning News: Dave Eiland out as pitching coach, Mets drop opener against Cubs

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Walker Lockett against the Cubs did not go well. After being given the lead, it all fell apart in the third inning. The Cubs scored six runs to take the lead and never looked back. The outcome wasn’t totally unexpected as the Mets continue their downward spiral down the standings.

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Before the game, pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez were both relieved of their duties. Phil Regan and Ricky Bones will serve as their replacements for the time being.

Regan is a well-traveled coach who has been around the game for quite some time.

Mickey Callaway still got to keep his job despite the team’s troubles.

Jeremy Accardo will join the team as a pitching strategist. Recently, the Syracuse Mets wore T-shirts to support Accardo’s daughter who was diagnosed with cancer.

Dave Eiland was just the latest scapegoat during the Wilpons’ reign of dysfunction.

The pitchers were shocked that their coach was fired, who was mostly respected by the group.

Pete Alonso has been one of the few bright spots this season, and he tied a National League rookie record when he blasted his twenty-fifth home run of the season.

After a down season last year, Dominic Smith changed his approach which has helped him thrive in his role this season (paywall alert).

Wilmer Font could be an interesting trade piece for the Mets.

First base is stacked with talent in the National League, and they all have a case to be named to the All-Star team.

Jeff McNeil continues to have a great season and similarities could be drawn to a Hall of Famer.

Around the National League East

The Marlins designated Peter O’Brien for assignment.

Phillies’ reliever Pat Neshek is headed back to the IL with a hamstring injury.

The Nationals completed a sweep of the Phillies with a 7-4 victory in Washington. The team announced that they will be extending their netting to better protect fans from foul balls.

Around Major League Baseball

The Rays are looking into playing half of their games in Montreal but there are still many hurdles to clear if it is to happen.

The Rockies placed shortstop Trevor Story on the IL with a strained thumb.

Aaron Judge will be activated off of the injured list after missing fifty-three games.

Max Muncy picked up where he left off against Madison Bumgarner, although this time the ball did not land in the ocean.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris discuss the disaster that is the Mets’ bullpen.

Steve Sypa wrote up draft profiles on Dalton Fowler, Jake Ortega, and Justin Lasko.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets and Cubs series.

Maggie Wiggin took a look at what pieces the Mets could sell at the Trade Deadline this year.

This Date in Mets History

It was Father’s Day on this date in 1964 and Jim Bunning made it a memorable one when he threw a perfect game against the Mets.