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Mets Morning News: Mets with the most to lose and finding a position for J.D. Davis

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Meet the Mets

Joel Sherman of the New York Post takes a look at which Mets are losing the most from the lost time without baseball in 2020. Among them are Jacob deGrom, who is losing out on a year of his prime, Luis Rojas, who only had two years in total to prove himself as a manager before his contract is up, and players like Dellin Betances, Michael Wacha, and Rick Porcello, who signed one-year deals.

J.D. Davis performed much better with the bat than expected last season, which forced the Mets to find ways to get him into the lineup. Moving forward, they will continue to struggle with compensating on defense to try to find a positional fit for Davis.

Keith Hernandez announced on Twitter that he will be returning with Gary and Ron to announce a second virtual Mets game on Tuesday at 7pm. Jeff McNeil will be (virtually) joining the booth as a guest. Oh, and click to see Hadji pictures as well.

Around the National League East

Dave Martinez reassured Nationals fans that the team will wait until the fans can be involved to raise their 2019 World Series banner and have the accompanying ceremony.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly revealed the story behind why his birthdate is incorrect on his baseball card.

In a similar exercise to what Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore did on their live episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), the Atlanta Journal Constitution revealed their Braves Mount Rushmore: Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Bobby Cox, and Tom Glavine.

The Philadelphia Inquirer took a look back in Phillies history and asked if the 1964 collapse could have been avoided.

Around Major League Baseball

If MLB is the only gig in town when it comes to sports this summer, that could skyrocket its status and popularity—the return of America’s pastime—writes David Lennon of Newsday.

Blake Snell and Lucas Giolito are facing off in the MLB The Show Players League finals today at 2:30pm ET on ESPN after Snell defeated Jeff McNeil in the semifinals.

After a down year in 2019, how concerned should the Cardinals be about Paul Goldschmidt?

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1988, David Cone tossed the first of 22 shutouts he would go on to throw in his career.