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Mets Morning News: Last place Mets lose to first place Marlins

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

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Meet the Mets

One bad inning from Michael Wacha doomed the Mets last night, as the offense continued to flounder in key situations, resulting in a 4-3 loss to the 7-1 Marlins.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Daily News, Newsday, MLB.com, NY Post

The Mets did get some welcome news prior to the game, as Robert Gsellman was activated from the injured list. Daniel Zamora was optioned to the team’s Alternate Site in a corresponding move.

Dominic Smith got the Mets one of their runs with an impressive homer, but he also failed in a big spot later in the game.

Don’t look now, but the bullpen has been surprisingly effective in recent days.

Pete Alonso discussed his long history of overcoming bullies and doubters on the path to becoming a star.

The velocity increase that Jacob deGrom has demonstrated in recent years is without precedence.

The Mets may not have seen the last of Ryan Cordell, as the outfielder cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Brooklyn.

Around the National League East

The Braves-Phillies game was postponed due to rain and a doubleheader is now scheduled for Sunday.

The Braves did suffer a blow to their bullpen yesterday, as reliever Chris Martin was placed on the IL due to an esophageal constriction.

The Nationals had a less-than-ideal night, as their pitching was beaten up by the lowly Orioles and their offense was stymied by ace Tommy Milone en route to an 11-0 loss.

Around Major League Baseball

The Cardinals-Cubs series this weekend was postponed due to three additional Cardinals members—two players, one staffer—testing positive for the coronavirus.

We have another opt-out of the 2020 season. This time it is a hitting coach, as Ty Van Burkleo of the Indians is heading home.

More than a year after the passing of Tyler Skaggs, a former Angels employee has been charged with distributing fentanyl that resulted in the pitcher’s death.

Certain teams have already more or less secured their place in the postseason after getting off to hot starts.

Beyond the Box Score’s Sheryl Ring took Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson to task for his Nazi salute in Thursday night’s game and his subsequent explanation.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa looked back on former Mets minor league pitcher Greg Peavey.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, two Mets pitching legends—Oliver Perez and Aaron Heilman—combined to throw a two-hit shutout against the Florida Marlins.