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Mets Morning News: Mets go down without a fight

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

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Meet the Mets

Once again, the Mets got some excellent pitching in the team’s series opener against the Phillies last night. And once again, they failed to hit with runners in scoring position numerous times, leading to a 2-1 defeat as a frustrating April came to a conclusion.

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Marcus Stroman pitched solidly in his start but had to leave the game early due to a tight hamstring. He expressed confidence that he’d be able to make his next start, however.

The Mets and Phillies benches cleared after the top of the eighth inning when Jose Alvarado exchanged some words with Dominic Smith after striking him out in a big two-out spot.

Daniel Zamora was recalled by the Mets prior to the game last night. Jose Peraza was optioned to the alternate site in a corresponding roster move.

Peraza wasn’t gone for long, however, as Luis Guillorme was subsequently placed on the IL with a right oblique strain. Peraza was immediately recalled back onto the Mets roster.

Jacob deGrom will once again get an extra day of rest before his next start, which means the team may need to have a bullpen game on Monday.

Luis Rojas provided some general estimates on when the Mets could receive some pitching reinforcements in the form of Carlos Carrasco, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.

Around the National League East

Jon Lester threw five scoreless innings in his first start as a National and Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run walkoff homer in extra innings to give Washington a 2-1 victory over the Marlins.

Not much went right for Drew Smyly and the rest of the Braves pitching staff yesterday, as they combined to give up six homers to Blue Jays hitters en route to a 13-5 loss.

The Phillies had to play yesterday without Bryce Harper (sore wrist), Didi Gregorius (COVID list), and J.T. Realmuto (sore left hand).

Jesús Aguilar has been a solid contributor for the Marlins ever since the team claimed him off waivers from the Rays in December 2019.

Around Major League Baseball

The league revealed that nine teams either have or will soon reach the 85% threshold of vaccinations for their Tier 1 personnel.

Major League Baseball severed ties with Roberto Alomar following sexual misconduct allegations.

MLB.com posed seven questions for us to ponder as we turn the calendars over to May.

Emma Baccelieri of Sports Illustrated also provided some takeaways from the first month of the season.

Fangraphs examined one of the rarest and most fun plays in baseball: the pitcher stolen base.

Byron Buxton is very, very good at defense.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Grace Carbone chatted with Mets Director of Baseball Analytics and Oscar predicting savant Ben Zauzmer in the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation.

Chris McShane continued to track Jacob deGrom’s 2021 season in relation to some of the other great pitching seasons in Mets history following his fifth start of the season this week.

Thomas Henderson examined the conundrum the Mets face when deciding who to play at third base.

Joe Sokolowski compiled the funny, interesting, and depressing Mets quotes from the past week.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the weekend series against the Phillies and predicted the Amazins would drop two of three.

This Date in Mets History

Marcus Stroman might have suffered the loss last night, but on the bright side, he celebrates his thirtieth birthday today.