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Mets Morning News: On the road to St. Pete

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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 had another day off yesterday. They have played a league-low 31 games so far this season.

The team kicks off a nine-game road trip with a series against the Rays, where David Peterson gets the start tonight against Tampa Bay ace Tyler Glasnow.

The Tampa Bay Times interviewed Mets dad Peter Alonso about his son’s homecoming to Tropicana field.

After a lackluster rehab assignment in Syracuse, Brandon Nimmo is eligible to return to the team for tonight’s game.

Former Mets manager Terry Collins reflects on Matt Harvey’s career in New York.

2020 first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong has been placed on the 7-day injured list with an undisclosed ailment.

Mets prospect Harol Gonzalez underwent Tommy John surgery last Thursday.

Around the National League East

The Blue Jays swept the Braves for the second time this season with an 8-4 win Thursday afternoon in Cobb County.

To make matters worse for the Braves, both Cristian Pache and Ronald Acuña Jr. left the game early, with Pache placed on the IL and Acuña listed as day-to-day.

The Nationals avoided a sweep with a 5-1 win over the Phillies. Patrick Corbin pitched well for his fifth start in a row and Josh Bell hit a baseball real far.

The Phillies will increase capacity at Citizens Bank Park on May 21st and then open the stadium up to full capacity on June 13th.

The Marlins beat the Diamondbacks 5-1, splitting a four-game series with Arizona. The Fish were buoyed by a strong outing from Trevor Rogers and a sixth inning go-ahead RBI off the bat of Brian Anderson.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees put Gleyber Torres on the COVID-19 IL, recalling Miguel Andújar to take his place. Torres is the eighth member of the club to have tested positive in the last few days.

The CDC is looking into the Yankees' situation as they recognize a large number of breakthrough positive tests within the organization.

Cleveland has reached the 85% vaccination threshold, as will half the teams in baseball by the end of the week.

Albert Pujols has cleared waivers and is free to sign with any club.

ESPN has renewed its exclusive broadcasting rights to Sunday Night Baseball, while also relinquishing its weekday MLB broadcasts.

The MLBPA filed an official grievance against MLB for negotiating in bad faith last year, while the league has filed a counter-grievance against the union.

Former Mets prospect Jarred Kelenic made his major league debut last night for the Seattle Mariners. He went 0-for-4 in their 4-2 loss to Cleveland. In his first at-bat he was retired on a diving catch into the stands by Josh Naylor.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian and Chris talk about the myth of Patrick Maizeka in the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue (The Show).

Brian also published a very serious analysis of two key players on the Mets bench.

This Date in Mets History

Old-man Willie Mays hit a go-ahead home run against the San Francisco Giants in his Mets debut.

Rafael Montero started his first major league game against the Yankees. He registered a loss as the Mets fell 4-0.