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Mets Morning News: Let’s Play Two

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets had their second straight game washed away by rain. The team will make it up as part of a single-admission doubleheader, beginning today at 4:10pm. Tickets to last night’s game will not be valid today, but will instead be credited and can be used to purchase a future game.

The Mets have played just five games in the first 12 days of the MLB season.

Luckily for the team, brighter skies are on the horizon as the Mets are set to play two.

The Mets will turn to Taijuan Walker, in his regular spot, and Marcus Stroman, coming off his 9-pitch outing on Sunday, for today’s doubleheader. David Peterson and Jacob deGrom will pitch on Wednesday and on Thursday, respectively.

Carlos Carrasco is progressing, and his next step is to throw five innings. He will soon fly to the alternate site in Brooklyn to get fielding work in. It is still unclear when he will return, but Rojas says he is “doing really good right now”.

Seth Lugo has been playing catch and could throw off a slope next week, according to Rojas. Drew Smith is also playing catch.

Tim Britton shared the latest edition of This Week in Mets. (Paywall Alert)

Jason Schapiro of Baseball Prospectus countered Tom Verducci’s article about deGrom not being as unlucky as he people say he is.

Howie Rose chimed in to voice his disgust with the call that ended the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Phillies and Braves.

The Mets signed international free agents Krisspy Valdez and Jorge De Leon.

Around the National League East

The Marlins came back from a 3-1 deficit with two in the eighth and two in the tenth to defeat the Braves 5-3 at Truist Park.

The Braves ripped replay review following the embarrassing call in the ninth inning of their loss to the Phillies on Sunday night.

How bad was the blown call at the end of Sunday’s Phillies v. Braves game? Even the normally reserved Mike Trout chose to mock the call on social media.

Chase Anderson and Aaron Nola will pitch Games 1 and 2 of today’s doubleheader.

Philadelphia’s revamped bullpen is making all the difference for them this year as they try to factor in the NL East race.

The Nationals earned their second victory of the year as they beat the Cardinals 5-2. Brad Hand earned his first save for his new club.

The Nationals made a bunch of roster moves, including reinstating Josh Bell, Josh Harrison, and Kyle Schwarber from the injured list and DFAing Jonathan Lucroy.

According to Dave Martinez, “most” of the Nationals have now been vaccinated.

Around Major League Baseball

The game between the Twins and the Red Sox was postponed following the death of Daunte Wright. Minnesota issued the following statement, saying that the decision was made, “Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday at the Brooklyn Center.” The organization extended its sympathies to Wright’s family.

Aaron Hicks sat out last night’s game following the tragic events in Minnesota. Aaron Boone said that it was a tough day emotionally for Hicks.

Behind Gerrit Cole, the Yankees bested the Blue Jays 3-1 in Dunedin.

The Rays blanked the Rangers 1-0.

The Brewers doubled up the Cubs 6-3.

The Padres topped the Pirates 6-2 to improve their record to 8-3.

The Tigers roughed up Zack Greinke in a 6-2 win.

The Angels pounded the Royals 10-3.

The White Sox eked out a 4-3 over Cleveland.

Oakland beat the Diamondbacks 9-5 as Madison Bumgarner’s rough start to 2021 continued.

The Reds shut out the Giants 3-0.

The first power rankings of the 2021 MLB season are here.

The Rockies agreed to a minor league deal with left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin, who spent 2015-2019 with Colorado. The Rockies also inked pitcher Ivan Nova.

On the 20th anniversary of the opening of PNC Park, The Athletic examined how fan trends will guide the evolution of Pittsburgh’s baseball cathedral. (Paywall Alert)

Cubs’ bullpen catcher Chris Young has tested positive for COVID-19.

Anthony Rendon has been placed on the 10-day IL with a strained groin.

Rangers’ reliever Jonathan Hernández has undergone Tommy John Surgery. Matt Bush, meanwhile, has a flexor tendon strain in his right arm and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Mariners’ starter James Paxton will undergo Tommy John Surgery later this week and will miss the rest of the season.

Umpire Joe West won $500,000 in a defamation lawsuit against ex-Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague brought us the first position player and pitcher meters of the 2021 season!

I previewed the team’s four-games set against the Phillies.

Episode 109 of From Complex to Queens gave us a Binghamton Rumble Ponies season preview.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver made his major league debut on this date in 1967. Only 5,005 fans showed up to watch The Franchise take the mound for the first time, which is smaller than this year’s 20% capacity attendance at Citi Field.