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Meet the Mets

The Mets finally played baseball again on Tuesday and it did not disappoint. In the first game of the doubleheader, they jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a Dominic Smith home run, but then saw that lead disappear in the sixth inning due to some unlucky infield hits. After squandering a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the seventh inning, while leaving men in scoring position, the Mets got to play their first extra inning game of the year. The runner placed on second to start the inning eventually scored thanks to some bad luck, but the Mets got it right back in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a Pete Alonso single. Jonathan Villar then walked it off a couple batters later to give the Mets their third win of the season.

In the second game of the day, Marcus Stroman continued his terrific start to the season, pitching 6 scoreless innings. Speaking of terrific starts to the season, Brandon Nimmo continued his, collecting three hits and driving in three of the Mets four runs as the Mets secured their second win of the day.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue Game 1 short, Game 2 short, and long. Newsday, NY Post, Daily News, North Jersey, and MLB.com.

Michael Conforto sat the second game of the doubleheader on Tuesday after being hit by a pitch in the first game. He underwent an X-ray on his right wrist which came back negative.

David Lennon writes that even with the walk-off win, there are still some concerns for the Mets.

Howie Rose was not in the Citi Field radio booth on Tuesday as he tends to a personal medical issue. We all send our best wishes to Howie and hope to hear him on the air again soon!

Taijuan Walker has had an encouraging start to his Mets career.

Francisco Lindor and his fiancée Katia are already enjoying living in New York, and are looking forward to exploring the city even more once they are both fully vaccinated.

As Lindor has adjusted to a new team and city, he has leaned on a longtime mentor, Carlos Beltran.

Stephen Tarpley served as the Mets 27th man for the doubleheader yesterday, though he did not appear in either game.

Around the National League East

The Marlins beat the Braves 14-8 as Max Fried got knocked around by Miami.

Cristian Pache left Tuesday’s Braves game with a groin injury.

Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg got knocked around as the Cardinals crushed the Nationals 14-3 in a game where Paul Goldschmidt hit his 250th career home run.

Around Major League Baseball

The Shohei Ohtani show rolled on last night in Kansas City, as he legged out an infield single, and crushed a home run to center field.

The Red Sox continued their hot streak, topping the Twins 4-2 to win their seventh game in a row.

Starting at the next homestand, Petco Park will now be open at 33 percent capacity, with some “vaccinated” sections that can have up to 67 percent capacity.

With no shortage of controversy in the last week surrounding replay, Ken Rosenthal looks at five ways to improve it.

James Paxton will have his season end as he is set to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Julio Franco is the latest player to be featured on the UnforMETable podcast.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1967, Jerry Koosman made his MLB debut for the Mets.