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Mets Morning News: Mets nearly fight Rockies in another miserable loss

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Jacob deGrom tried his best, but the Mets’ bullpen and bats failed them again in a frustrating loss that nearly ended in a brawl. When deGrom left after the sixth inning with the Mets trailing 2-1, things were at least close. Robert Gsellman kept them there until Drew Gagnon came in for the eighth and promptly surrendered two home runs in a span of three at-bats. With the Mets trailing 5-1, Gagnon then promptly hit Ian Desmond square in the back causing the benches and bullpens to empty. Nobody besides Ian Desmond seemed to really want to fight though, and he only seemed halfheartedly hot. So everyone went back to the dugouts, and the Mets lost another stinker.

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

The Rockies didn’t really buy Drew Gagnon’s explanation that his pitch that hit Ian Desmond was an accident.

Robinson Cano might play tomorrow, but he also might go back to the DL. The Mets are being cautious.

Mets pitchers, like most pitchers this year, are frustrated by balls that used to drop before the warning tracks turning into home runs.

The Mets are trying some sneaky tricks with the draft with slot value. Fangraphs and Deadspin were split on whether the Mets’ strategy is a good idea.

Wanted to hear more about Dom Smith and Pete Alonso’s bromance? This article is for you!

Steven Matz did a Q&A with the Mets Insider Blog.

There is one area that the Mets have been excelling in this season: offense generated by pitchers.

Around the National League East

The Braves took down the Marlins by a score of 7-1.

Dallas Keuchel expects to be pitching for the Braves in the majors very soon.

The Phillies are quickly running out of relief pitchers.

The Nationals blew a ninth inning lead and lost to the Padres.

Around Major League Baseball

Didi Gregorious made his return to the Yankees’ lineup.

Mariners center fielder Mitch Haninger has been put on the DL after rupturing his testicle when he fouled a ball off himself.

Adrian Beltre will have his number retired by the Rangers today.

Craig Kimbrel says he’s happy to be a Cub.

The Giants have had the best-positioned infield in the majors so far this season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane wrote about the Mets’ missed opportunities in signing Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel.

Steve Sypa handled the Daily Prospect Report duties.

There was a new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Rockies series.

Joe Sokolowski returned with a new edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.

Mets fans are, unsurprisingly, less confident in the team following last week.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets drafted Nolan Ryan on this date in 1965, during the first MLB Draft.