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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 were off yesterday, but they will look to create more distance between themselves and their division rivals as they begin a series against the Cubs. This is the first time they will travel to Chicago since 2019.

Ken Davidoff observed that this year’s Mets bear an uncanny resemblance to the 2015-2016 Cubs.

Michael Conforto’s bat has started to heat up over the weekend, which is a positive sign for the team after he endured a choppy start.

Marcus Stroman replied back to a Denver Post reporter who questioned whether he was taunting the Rockies following his wild and entertaining defensive play on Sunday.

Tim Britton examined how New York’s rotation is leading the week on the latest This Week in Mets. (Paywall Alert)

Howie Rose, who has been dealing with a ‘medical issue’ over the past few days, has thanked fans and well-wishers on Twitter. He will return to the radio booth tonight.

The Mets and Knicks are good at the same time, which is unusual.

Mets fan Liz Flynn has been hired to be the team’s Assistant Photographer.

Around the National League East

The Nationals were routed 12-5 by the Cardinals. Joe Ross gave up ten earned runs in 4.1 innings.

Luis Avilán will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to manager Dave Martinez.

The Phillies were blanked 2-0 by the Giants.

The Phillies made a few COVID-related moves, which included Jose Alvarado, Ronald Torreyes, and Matt Moore on the IL. The team called up Damon Jones, Nick Maton, and Chris Sanchez to take their place.

In total, the Phillies have five coaches and three players on COVID protocol, but their Monday game went on as scheduled.

Acuña Jr. was named National League Player of the Week.

Following an MRI, Ronald Acuña Jr. is listed as day-to-day with a mild abdominal strain.

Starling Marte underwent an MRI, which revealed a non-displaced fracture in his 12th rib on his left side. He will sit for 5 to 7 days before being re-evaluated.

Around Major League Baseball

It’s been a highly memorable start to the season, and MLB TV has registered the most-watched 18-game start in its 20-year history. That includes the 7 most-watched games ever.

Meanwhile, MLB continues to face challenges as the virus persists. (Paywall Alert)

Ten of the 30 MLB teams have reached the 85% threshold with vaccines, and some other organizations are close to reaching that mark.

The latest COVID tests for the Twins have come back negative, and the club is back on track to resume play tonight.

MLB has upheld its suspension of Reds OF Nick Castellanos for his actions against the Cardinals on April 3 as there’s a drive into deep left field by Castellanos and that’ll be a home run. And so that’ll make it a 4-0 ballgame.

Brian Cashman described the start to the Yankees’ season as “15 games I’d like to forget”. Personally, I’d love not to forget this. (Paywall Alert)

The Yankees’ worrisome start warrants some changes, in Joel Sherman’s opinion.

Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic looked at how former Met Phil Evans went from obscurity to a starting role with the Pirates. (Paywall Alert)

The Red Sox beat up on the White Sox 11-4 on Patriots’ Day.

The Rays made it four straight with a 4-1 victory over the Royals.

The Rangers topped the Angels 6-4.

The Mariners held off the Dodgers 4-3.

The Brewers defeated the Padres 3-1.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane continued tracking Jacob deGrom’s 2021 season, looking at his third start against the Rockies.

Allison McCague put together the position player and pitcher meters for the week!

In Episode 110 of From Complex to Queens, the crew previewed the Brooklyn Cyclones’ upcoming season.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver picked up the first of his 311 career wins on this date in 1967. The Franchise defeated the Cubs 6-1, tossing 7.1 innings of one-run ball to earn the victory.