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Mets Morning News: Jacob deGrom is human, Mets drop opener against Red Sox

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

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Meet the Mets

If the Mets want to have a successful season they can ill afford to lose Jacob deGrom games but they managed to do just that in the series opener at home against the Red Sox. The Mets ace finally gave up runs for the first time in 30 innings but the bullpen gave up even more runs in the loss. The team attempted to come back led by a Yoenis Cespedes home run but a rally in the ninth ended with the bases loaded. They end the series against the Red Sox with Steven Matz on the hill at Citi.

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Andres Giminez got his first major league start at short and picked up his first hit and first RBI in the game.

The team placed Jake Marisnick on the IL with a hamstring strain and activated Ryan Cordell to take his place.

Darryl Strawberry paid a virtual visit to an assisted living facility and answered the the residents’ questions about his career.

Jose Reyes officially retired from the game of baseball.

Around the National League East

Freddie Freeman helped lead the Braves to a win over the Rays. Nick Markakis changed his mind about opting out of the season despite an outbreak currently affecting a major league team.

Atlanta activated Travis d’Armaud and Tyler Flowers off the COVID list.

The Marlins are still searching the free agent market to try and find replacement players for their team. With so many players out, the competitive integrity of the league is at stake.

How were the Marlins allowed to play on Sunday after having three players test positive before the game?

The longtime majority owner of the Marlins Triple-A affiliate died due to complications from COVID-19.

Where do the Phillies stand now after a whirlwind week where they were potentially exposed to a contagious virus and had their games cancelled?

The Nationals defeated the Blue Jays 4-0 in Washington. Stephen Strasburg had to be scratched from the start before the game due to nerve irritation in his hand.

Around Major League Baseball

Reliever Joe Kelly was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for throwing near the head of Alex Bregman and for taunting.

John McNamara, the manager of the 1986 Red Sox, died at the age of 88.

How far will baseball go before it will be deemed unsafe to play for the players and where will they go now that they had an outbreak?

To help stop future outbreaks, MLB is now requiring all teams to have compliance officers to make sure protocols are being followed.

With the possibility of quite a few doubleheaders throughout the season, there is a suggestion that they be shortened to seven innings to help avoid injury.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

With all the scrambling baseball is currently doing because of the outbreak in Miami, David Capobianco believes this is proof they never thought one would actually happen.

Steve Sypa took a look back at Game 3 of the 2019 NYPL Championship Series.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2004, the infamous Victor Zambrano trade took place. He and Bartolome Fortunato were acquired from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for Scott Kazmir and Jose Diaz. Joey Bats also passed through the organization for the first time when Bautista was aquired from the Royals but immediately was flipped for Kris Benson.