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Meet the Mets

After a long layoff, the Mets finally began their season with a painful 5-3 loss to the Phillies. Jacob deGrom was brilliant—what else is new?—as he hurled six scoreless innings and drove in one of the team’s three runs while collecting two hits. The Mets held a 2-0 lead into the eighth, but Trevor May and Aaron Loup combined to allow five runs, aided by a costly Luis Guillorme error, which opened the floodgates and helped the Phillies grab a three-run lead. The Mets staged a mini-rally in the ninth, but Pete Alonso’s long fly ball died at the wall to end the team’s comeback attempt.

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Luis Rojas had a rough night at the office.

The team’s painfully-familiar collapse isn’t the end of the world, writes Mike Vaccaro.

Steve Cohen made it known that he expects the Mets to be a playoff team in 2021.

The team’s implosion came after the owner made it own that he demands excellence.

The Mets could still negotiate a contract extension for Michael Conforto with his agent, Scott Boras, as the season rolls on.

Cohen mentioned that he plans to sit down with Conforto’s agent “at some point”.

Conforto means more to the Mets than just the numbers he puts up on the field, writes Tim Britton on This Week in Mets. (Paywall Alert)

Sandy Alderson stated that the Mets are providing the necessary education to their players regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Around the National League East

The Nationals and Braves will begin their series on Tuesday and play a straight doubleheader on Wednesday to make up for Monday’s cancelled game.

So far, 11 Nationals players are in quarantine, either because they tested positive or are close contacts, so the club will begin short-handed.

In this time of uncertainty, the Nationals have a new motto.

The Marlins fell to 1-3 on the season as they lost 4-1 to the Cardinals.

Kim Ng is leading the way for women in the Marlins’ front office.

Around Major League Baseball

Coors Field, home of the Rockies, will now host the MLB All Star Game.

The Brewers’ team and staff have been vaccinated, and they are putting out a PSA to endorse being vaccinated.

Our old friend Steven Matz was stellar in his first start for the Blue Jays, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing one earned run on two hits with one walk and nine strikeout to earn the win.

The Red Sox picked up their first victory of 2021 by topping the Rays 11-2. Our old friend Michael Wacha was less-than-stellar in that one for Tampa Bay, and our old friend Chris Mazza was even worse.

The Yankees beat the Orioles 7-0, thanks to a mammoth Giancarlo Stanton grand slam that left the bat at 115mph and travelled 471 feet. I guess Yankees fans aren’t booing him now.

The Twins pounded the Tigers 15-6 to earn their third win of the season.

The Royals blanked Cleveland by a 3-0 score.

The Reds outlasted the Pirates 5-3, with Sean Doolittle earning his first win in Cincinnati.

The Cubs beat the Brewers 5-3.

The Angels handed the Astros their first loss of the season in a 7-6 victory.

The A’s fell to 0-5 as they were pummeled by the Dodgers.

The White Sox shut out the Mariners 6-0.

The Padres, after losing Fernando Tatis Jr. to an injury, went quietly in a 3-2 loss to the Giants.

Tatis Jr. exited that game with a left shoulder subluxation after hurting himself in gruesome fashion on a swing-and-miss.

Ken Davidoff did a deep dive into his preseason predictions.

The Yankees signed former Mets reliever Mike Montgomery.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The Amazin’ Avenue staff came together to make predictions for the team’s record.

SB Nation’s staff from the other NL East teams spoke about how they view the 2021 Mets.

I provided a series preview for the club’s first series of the season.

Episode 108 of From Complex to Queens brought you a preview of the 2021 Syracuse Mets.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2019, the Mets blasted five solo home runs to top the Nationals 6-5 at Citi Field. J.D. Davis hit his first two homers as a Met, and Conforto, Alonso, and Robinson Cano each added homers of their own. Amongst the home run barrage, the winning run came on a Keon Broxton go-ahead single in the eighth.