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Mets Morning News: Back in first place!

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets did not play a baseball game yesterday, as they have had more days off than every other team in the league so far this season.

Marcus Stroman is expected to start for the Mets tonight at 7:05 ET as they visit Philadelphia for the second time this season.

Mets owner Steve Cohen has been hosting dinner dates with players at his Connecticut home.

Cohen also tweeted thoughts on the team’s lackluster offense and explosive pitching.

Tim Britton explored the offense in-depth, focusing on Francisco Lindor’s early-season struggles, Dom Smith’s recent slide, and the team’s continued lack of production with runners in scoring position.

Lindor’s struggles especially have some writers and fans worried.

The independent Norwich Sea Unicorns have named hometown hero and former Met Eric Campbell as their new manager.

Newsday published a piece on Mets’ prospects ahead of the start of the minor league season. Pitcher Matt Allan especially has people excited.

The best play-by-play announcer in baseball celebrated his 63rd birthday yesterday!

Around the National League East

The Cubs avoided a sweep by beating the Braves 9-3 Thursday night in Atlanta.

The Cardinals walked off the Phillies 4-3 Thursday afternoon in St. Louis to split the series.

With both the Phillies and the Braves losing, they now share a three-way tie for first place in the division with the Mets. The NL East is the only division in baseball that does not feature a team with a winning record.

Federal Baseball examined the pitching performances of Joe Ross and Patrick Corbin.

Both the Nationals and the Marlins shared the day off with the Mets.

Around Major League Baseball

Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi no-hit the Astros through 6 13 innings, finishing his start with no runs and one hit allowed through seven innings in the Mariners win Thursday afternoon in Houston.

The Brewers placed Zack Godley and Corbin Burnes on the injured list, with Burnes suspected to be out with COVID-related issues.

The Cardinals placed Adam Wainwright on the COVID list after a family member tested positive for the virus.

An unnamed Padres pitcher tested positive for COVID before Wednesday’s game. Wil Meyers did not play to allow for contact tracing, though there is no word yet on his health.

Eno Sarris examined how moving the mound back two feet might affect hitters, and not necessarily in a way that induces more contact as the league would want.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian and Chris shared laments about the Mets offense and grievances towards fans booing Francisco Lindor in the latest episode of AA Audio (The Show).

Lukas argued that bad luck explains a significant portion of the Mets offensive woes.

This Date in Mets History

21 years ago, Al Leiter became the first LHP in major league history to beat all 30 teams in a 10-1 Mets victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.