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Mets Morning News: Mets set to begin series with Red Sox, Citi Field attendance set to increase in mid-May

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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 last night, but they return to action tonight to begin a two-game set against the Boston Red Sox.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that, beginning on May 19, outdoor events in New York State can increase from 20% to 33% attendance. Roughly speaking, this should allow the Mets to welcome in 14,111 fans when they begin their series with the Colorado Rockies on May 24.

Given the need for 6-food social distancing, however, it might only be possible for the Mets to increase attendance to about 22%, unless those guidelines are changed by the state.

Anthony DiComo provided details on the potential for expanded fan access.

The Mets have to be feeling good about their chances in the NL East early in the season, partly because the division hasn’t been as fearsome as many expected.

Despite tossing a complete game, two-hit shutout with a career-high 15 strikeouts, Jacob deGrom was snubbed for NL co-Player of the Week. Instead, Madison Bumgarner and Fernando Tatis Jr. shared that honor.

David Wright said deGrom is “definitely the best I have ever seen in person” when asked about his dominance.

Justin Toscano shared the story of a pep talk Frank Viola gave Jacob deGrom early in his career, how it helped, and why Viola thinks deGrom is just getting started.

Pete Alonso’s selectivity at the plate has been a key to his early-season success.

Miguel Castro is turning into an unexpected gift for the Mets and has been a dominant force in the team’s bullpen to start the year.

Luis Rojas and company deserve praise for putting together a winning lineup on Sunday.

ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill brought us the story of friendship, memories, and a year with the 1969 Mets, which is a must-read for all fans.

Around the National League East

The Philadelphia Phillies topped the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1. Hector Neris narrowly avoided a Nolan Arenado walk-off in the ninth.

The Phillies activated Jose Alvarado and Matt Moore, and selected the contract of Odubel Herrera.

Herrera played in his first game since his domestic violence suspension last night.

The Atlanta Braves held off the Chicago Cubs 8-7.

Dansby Swanson burned sage throughout the ballpark to help Atlanta break out of their slump.

The Miami Marlins blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0.

Around Major League Baseball

After Trevor Bauer accused Fernando Tatis Jr. of peaking at his catcher’s signs, three ex-catchers weighed in on the “controversy”. (Paywall Alert)

The San Diego Padres, in response, quashed those peeking allegations.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich stepped down just over two months after trading away franchise cornerstone Arenado.

For one night, Matt Harvey became The Dark Knight again. The ex-Met ace tossed six innings of one-run ball as the Baltimore Orioles topped the Yankees 4-2.

Corbin Burnes, deGrom’s toughest Cy Young competition in the early part of the season, got off to a fantastic start with five shutout innings, striking out nine with zero walks. Then he allowed five straight hits to start the sixth before being pulled, and his ERA ballooned from 0.37 to 1.53. Despite the loss, he still has a chance at history.

Shohei Ohtani did it all last night, earning his first win since 2018 while driving in two and scoring three runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 9-4.

After seeing their 13-game winning streak end on Sunday, the Oakland Athletics started a new one with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2.

Cleveland defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-3 in ten innings.

The Houston Astros topped the Seattle Mariners 5-2.

On the day their GM stepped down, the Rockies were lifeless in a 12-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The Cincinnati Reds won 5-3 in ten innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos looked at some early trade targets for the Mets.

Allison McCague gave us the position player and pitcher performance meters for the week!

On Episode 111 of From Complex to Queens, the crew provided a preview of the St. Lucie Mets season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run in the ninth to help the Mets come from behind to beat the Marlins 3-1.