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

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Meet the Mets

Marcus Stroman was placed on the injured list with a calf muscle tear and Robert Gsellman, who could’ve provided depth, was also placed on the IL with triceps tendinitis.

With the blow to their rotation right before Opening Day, the team had to reconfigure their starters for the opening series against the Braves.

Despite their pitching challenges the Mets do have the pieces to succeed in a shortened season, but their bullpen could doom them once again.

Old friend Juan Lagares is back with the team, along with Brian Dozier who the Mets signed to give them added depth. In order to make room for the two the team released Gordon Beckham and Melky Cabrera.

Chili Davis took to Zoom to discuss the challenges of working through Zoom and during the interview there was a delightful Squirrel photobomb.

Pete Alonso in typical Polar Bear fashion, wrote about his unusual offseason and how excited he is to be back on the field.

After a terrific camp, the team needs to find a way to get Dominic Smith’s bat in the lineup.

Former Met Carlos Delgado discussed how hard it can be to speak up in baseball culture.

Chipper Jones was once a hated Mets rival but he had only positive things to say about some current Mets.

Point72, the hedge fund firm of perceived savor and Mets fan darling Steve Cohen, is the subject of two separate discrimination lawsuits by women who claim they were paid less than men.

Around the National League East

The Braves lost their final exhibition game to the Marlins by a score of 6-2.

Pablo Lopez looked great in three innings of work in Miami’s win over the Braves.

Could Zach Eflin’s mechanics put him at greater risk for injury?

Now that Mookie Betts signed a megadeal, what does that mean for J.T. Realmuto and the Phillies?

Around Major League Baseball

The Dodgers signed Mookie Betts to a 12-year deal worth $365 million.

The Blue Jays were hoping to play their home games in Pittsburgh, but their request was denied by Pennsylvania.

Even with the start of baseball season upon us, baseball is still discussing the possibility of expanded playoffs.

After debating about opting out of the season, Mike Trout has decided to play despite having a baby on the way.

The league is giving players the option of wearing a “Black Lives Matter” or a “United for Change” patch on their jerseys on Opening Day.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Thomas Henderson discussed what the lineup should look like this season.

Allison McCague feels her mans Seth Lugo will be invaluable to the team this year.

Walker Lockett is high up on the depth chart but he might not see any action if his injury lingers.

Melky Cabrera we hardly knew ye.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, Steve Phillips traded Terrence Long and Leo Vasquez to the Athletics in exchange for Kenny Rogers. We won’t talk about how that ended.