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Mets Morning News: “We don’t have a lot of time.”

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

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Meet the Mets

Rick Porcello had a good start in the series opener against the Phillies, but the bullpen (with some assistance from a couple of defensive miscues) gave up a run in the seventh and two in the eighth, and the Mets were unable to manage another dramatic late-inning comeback. The 5-3 loss puts the team’s record at 17-22 as time continues to run out for a playoff run.

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Robert Gsellman’s days in the rotation may be numbered.

Steven Matz and Dellin Betances both played catch yesterday after being placed on the IL last weekend.

The Billy Hamilton era may be coming to an end for the Mets, as the speedy outfielder was designated for assignment by the team to make room for new arrival Erasmo Ramirez.

It’s pretty clear by now that the Mets do not, in fact, have the deepest starting rotation in baseball.

Luis Rojas was also willing to acknowledge the team’s starting rotation problems.

Steve Cohen will apparently make an effort to buy SNY in addition to the Mets.

Pete Alonso wrote a reflection on his 2020 season and the lessons he has taken away from it.

Ken Davidoff of the NY Post reminisced on what Gary Carter meant to the Mets.

No matter where the Mets found themselves in the standings, Tom Seaver was always something special.

Around the National League East

The Phillies have a number of doubleheaders coming up, and it remains to be seen how the team will maneuver its rotation in response to that.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit two home runs to lead the Braves to a 7-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader against the Nationals. Washington then scored ten runs and just barely managed to hold Atlanta at bay to pull out a 10-9 win in the second game of the day.

Juan Soto needed to get an MRI for his sore elbow, and while the results came back clean, the star outfielder is still day-to-day.

Starting pitcher Pablo Lopez gave up four runs in the fourth inning and the Marlins weren’t able to recover, as the Fish fell in the series opener to the Rays 5-4.

Around Major League Baseball

Rachael McDaniel talked about trying to find joy from baseball in a year when joy has been hard to come by.

The Yankees have placed both Gio Urshela and Jonathan Loaisiga on the 10-day injured list.

The Dodgers are unsurprisingly the first MLB team to reach 30 wins this season. ranked the ten best starting pitchers in the game. Mets fans may not be satisfied with where Jacob deGrom slotted on the list.

There could potentially be some big names on the trade market this offseason.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The A Pod of Their Own gang discussed a week of crazy events for the Mets on their latest episode.

Steve Sypa looked back on former Mets prospect Phil Evans.

This Date in Mets History

1969 World Series hero Ron Swoboda signed with the Mets on this date in 1965.