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Meet the Mets

The Mets had their best offensive performance of the season last night, but it wasn’t enough to secure a victory, as the bullpen squandered a six-run lead and the Mets fell to the Braves 11-10 in the series opener.

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Rick Porcello felt he made some improvements in his second start of the season.

Rene Rivera was placed on the IL due to a hyperextended left elbow, with rookie pitcher Franklyn Kilome taking his place on the active roster.

Edwin Diaz believes more playing time will help him overcome his recent pitching woes.

Luis Rojas spoke with Diaz yesterday, but he is not revealing whether or not the struggling reliever has lost his role as the team’s closer.

Marcus Stroman threw four innings in a simulated game as he continues to work his way back from a left calf tear.

It is possible that Jed Lowrie will go his entire Mets career without recording a single hit.

Around the National League East

Due to the Marlins’ COVID outbreak, the Phillies will be playing the Yankees next week instead of playing their scheduled series in Miami.

Philadelphia thankfully did not receive any positive results from Thursday’s testing.

Yet another Marlins player tested positive, bringing the total number to 18 out of 30 players on the active roster.

The Nationals placed reliever Will Harris on the IL due to a groin strain.

Around Major League Baseball

In yet another troubling sign for MLB’s attempts to safely hold a season, the Cardinals-Brewers game last night was postponed due to two Cardinals players testing positive for COVID.

In the wake of the COVID outbreaks on multiple MLB teams, Rob Manfred threatened to shut down the season if teams could not prevent further outbreaks from occurring.

Major League Baseball’s shifting approach to the virus as it tries to salvage a season is creating a lot of confusion and uncertainty.

One of the changes the league is making: incorporating 7-inning doubleheaders for the remainder of the season.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the league cannot hold a season that is simultaneously safe and legitimate.

While there is concern about how seriously some teams are taking social distancing protocols, the Dodgers are evidently being pretty strict about it according to Justin Turner.

Orioles pitcher Kohl Stewart—who is at heightened risk for COVID complications due to his type 1 diabetes—has announced that he is pausing his participation in the 2020 season.

The Yankees suffered a blow to their bullpen, as the team announced that Tommy Kahnle will need Tommy John surgery and is thus done for the season.

Astros owner Jim Crane discussed the litany of controversies that the team has been involved in over the past few years.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore chatted about the first week of play in this unusual season on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

Chris also argued that the Mets can no longer afford to utilize Edwin Diaz in high-leverage situations in light of his poor start to the season.

Steve Sypa reminisced about former Mets minor leaguer and Australia native Stefan Welch.

Joe Sokolowski compiled the most memorable quotes from Mets players and coaches during the first week of the season in the triumphant return of This Week in Mets Quotes.

This Date in Mets History

A franchise icon left the organization on this date in 1989, as Mookie Wilson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Jeff Musselman and Mike Brady (whomst?).