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Mets Morning News: Mets lose series opener to Cubs, deGrom start pushed to Friday

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Meet the Mets

The Mets could not get much going against the Cubs on a cold night at Wrigley Field, losing 3-1. Though they did load the bases with one out in the ninth inning against Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor could not capitalize on opportunities to tie the game. Taijuan Walker got the start and struggled with his command all night long, walking in two of the three Cubs runs. However, the Mets bullpen was excellent in relief of Walker, not allowing a run. The lone Mets run was thanks to a J.D. Davis solo shot, his first of the year.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long. Daily News, ESPN,, North Jersey, and NY Post.

Jacob deGrom asked for an extra day of rest and will be pushed back until Friday, where he will start against the Nationals at Citi Field. Joey Lucchesi will start against the Cubs on Thursday on normal rest.

Early on in his Mets tenure, catcher James McCann has been able to build trust with Jacob deGrom and the rest of the Mets pitching staff.

If the starting pitching for the Mets can continue to be a strong piece, some scouts see them as a 95-win team.

Former Met Neil Walker announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

Jerry Seinfeld made an appearance on WFAN yesterday and shared some of his thoughts on his favorite team, the Mets.

Around the National League East

Juan Soto was placed on the IL with a strained left shoulder.

Patrick Corbin bounced back as the Nationals beat the Cardinals 3-2.

The Yankees were finally able to get back in the win column, beating the Braves 3-1.

The Phillies gave up a six spot in the eighth inning to the Giants, including a Wilmer Flores home run, as they lost 10-7.

The Marlins faced Matt Harvey and the Orioles and lost 7-5 as Harvey picked up his first win in two years.

Around Major League Baseball

According to Jeff Passan, MLB and players’ union met for their first CBA talks, a little more than six months before the current agreement is set to expire.

In the wake of the verdict in Minnesota yesterday, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark released a statement that the Players Association will continue to “work as a resource and advocate for all our members who have been affected by tragic events...”

Four players have already stepped away for personal reasons this year as a growing number have started to speak out about mental health issues in the sport writes Tom Verducci.

Julio Urías pitched seven scoreless innings for the Dodgers on Tuesday, striking out 11 batters and allowing just one hit.

Since leaving the Mets, Steven Matz has been “a man on a mission” with the Blue Jays.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Dave Capobianco analyzed the Mets’ defensive positioning so far this season.

Mac Scarce was the player looked at in this weeks episode of the UnforMETable podcast.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the series with the Cubs.

This Date in Mets History

Happy 64th birthday to Jesse Orosco!