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Mets Morning News: Mets get first win of 2021, rubber game of series this afternoon

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Meet the Mets

The Mets picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday night beating the Phillies 8-4. Marcus Stroman pitched six quality innings, allowing just one run on a Didi Gregorious solo home run. Dominic Smith got the Mets started in the fourth with a two-run homer and they never looked back. After scoring 4 runs in the 7th inning thanks to a rocky appearance from Vince Velasquez, Pete Alonso put the icing on the cake in the ninth inning with a two-run homer. The Mets will play the rubber game of the series this afternoon at 4:05 as David Peterson takes the mound against Aaron Nola.

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After J.D. Davis was hit on the hand with a pitch in the second inning and left the game, x-rays on Davis’ hand came back negative.

With his home run on Tuesday night, Pete Alonso is the fastest player in MLB history to 70 home runs, doing so in just 220 games.

With Dominic Smith homering on Tuesday night, Luis Rojas cannot overthink playing him anymore writes Mike Vaccaro.

During the Mets game, a pitch went through Michael Conforto’s legs without hitting him, something that you have to see for yourself to truly appreciate.

Prior to the game on Tuesday night, the Mets received education about the COVID-19 vaccine which will be available to them after Thursday’s home opener. It remains unclear how many players intend to get the vaccine.

Monday nights season opener was the most viewed season opener on SNY in the history of the network.

The Empire State Building will be lit up in blue and orange on Thursday in honor of the Mets first home game of the year while Broadway actresses Lauren Patten and Jessica Vosk will sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” at Citi Field.

Around the National League East

The Braves acquired Orlando Arcia from the Brewers in a rare early season trade, and then optioned him to their alternate training site.

Later that afternoon, the Braves were able to hit four home runs off of Max Scherzer, but still lost on a Juan Soto walk off single.

The Marlins fell at home to the Cardinals 4-2.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB and the Rockies officially announced that the 2021 All-Star game will now be held in Denver, Colorado at Coors Field.

Though the All-Star game decision may have brought some backlash to the league, it was still the correct decision.

The Braves weren’t the only team to make a trade on Tuesday as the Yankees acquired Rougned Odor from the Rangers.

After a rocky first outing, Clayton Kershaw returned to form on Tuesday night, pitching seven shutout innings against the A’s.

Gerrit Cole struck out 13 as the Yankees beat the Orioles for the second straight game.

James Paxton left his start for the Mariners early with left elbow discomfort.

A’s reliever Trevor Rosenthal visited Dr. Gregory Pearl yesterday, who specializes in thoracic outlet syndrome. It remains to be seen if Rosenthal’s injury will require surgery.

After injuring his shoulder on Monday night, the Padres announced Fernando Tatis Jr. has a slight labral tear, and the injury will not require surgery for now.

Though it is still early in the season, five teams from around the league may already have legit concerns.

The Reds are incentivizing those who are vaccinated with a special offer of $10 tickets at select games in April and May.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On the latest edition of the UnforMETable podcast, Robert Wolff looked back at a player named Jed Lowrie.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1984, the career of Dwight Gooden began.