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Mets Morning News: Mets bullpen suffers meltdown in Atlanta, Jeff McNeil placed on injured list

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Meet the Mets

After getting shut down by Dallas Keuchel, the Mets took the lead late only to watch it quickly evaporate in the Atlanta heat. Seth Lugo had a miserable outing and the Braves took the lead and never looked back. The Mets now have to avoid the sweep with Marcus Stroman on the mound.

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Mickey Callaway went to his bullpen despite Steven Matz’s low pitch count and that decision doomed his team.

Jeff McNeil was placed on the injured list with a hamstring strain but it is mild enough where he should not miss more than ten days.

McNeil is a loss in the Mets’ lineup and will be replaced by a platoon of Joe Panik and Ruben Tejada at second base for now.

It has been a long road back to the majors for Tejada who is happy to be back with the team.

The team got some encouraging news on both Jed Lowrie and Brandon Nimmo who are getting closer to appearing in rehab games.

Beloved radio broadcaster and voice of the Mets, Howie Rose, will be inducted into the New York Baseball Hall of Fame this November.

Around the National League East

The Marlins were overpowered by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in a 9-1 loss.

The Bryce Harper led the charge and helped take down former Phillie Cole Hamels and the Cubs. Jake Arrieta’s season is most likely over as he contemplates getting surgery on his right elbow.

The Nationals completed a sweep of the Reds with a 17-7 victory. Max Scherzer could be close to returning for Washington.

Around Major League Baseball

The Athletics have reportedly signed Matt Harvey to a minor league contract.

The Padres placed Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list due to back spasms.

The Pirates announced that Jameson Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until the 2021 season.

The hard-charging Indians are close to getting their two best pitchers back as they make a run at claiming the division.

Yasiel Puig officially became an American citizen which came years after his arduous journey from Cuba.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

This will probably change next week, but confidence in the team and Mickey Callaway is rising among the fans.

Chris McShane wrote about the injury updates on Nimmo and Lowrie.

Brian Salvatore covered the McNeil injury.

On Episode 19 of A Pod of Their Own, the Mets getting back into the playoff race, Edwin Diaz’s struggles, and racist Instagram posts were all discussed.

If you liked the LFGM t-shirt, then you will love it on a mug!

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1965, The Beatles performed in front of over 55,000 screaming fans at Shea Stadium.