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Mets Morning News: J.D. Davis close to return, Nimmo delayed

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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

The Mets were walked off by the Rays, losing 3-2 to snap their seven-game winning streak. Tyler Glasnow retired the first 14 Mets hitters he faced before Kevin Pillar got on ahead of Jonathan Villar, who put the Mets on the board with a two-run homer. David Peterson was brilliant, at one point retiring 17 Rays in a row. But the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead this time. Trevor May gave up a game-tying double in the eighth inning, Miguel Castro loaded the bases in the ninth, and Aaron Loup gave up a walk-off base hit to Brett Phillips.

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Prior to yesterday’s loss, the Mets’ seven-game winning streak saw their Fangraphs playoff odds rise to 87.7%.

Brandon Nimmo “felt something” in his injured finger during the last at-bat of his rehab game Friday night. He has been sent for more tests.

J.D. Davis, however, could be activated off the injured list today, as he was participating in pregame drills yesterday.

The Mets have not set a date for Jacob deGrom to throw a bullpen session yet. But deGrom has told the team that his right side tightness feels better and they remain optimistic that he should only miss one start.

Carlos Carrasco is traveling with the Mets on this road trip.

Joey Lucchesi will pitch in today’s game, either as the starter or following an opener.

“Cohen can afford to eat the money. And I don’t think Alderson personally has any use for Canó,” writes Andy Martino of SNY about the possibility of the Mets cutting their losses with Robinson Canó

Steve Cohen sent a grieving family a Mets jersey and a heartfelt note in the aftermath of the loss of 19-year-old Donny Morris in the tragedy at Mount Meron.

Tampa native Pete Alonso is excited to be playing a series close to home.

Speaking of Pete Alonso, The official score on Alonso’s dropped pop-up in foul territory against the Cardinals has been changed from an error to a no-play.

Jerry Beach of Forbes asks what could have been if the Mets had competant ownership while Matt Harvey was still at his peak.

Around the National League East

The Phillies beat the Blue Jays 5-1, thanks to a five spot in the seventh inning off the Jays bullpen, who blew the game in relief of Steven Matz.

The Phillies reinstated J.T. Realmuto from the COVID-19 injured list yesterday.

Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna hit back-to-back homers in a 6-3 Braves victory over the Brewers.

The Braves have signed Jonathan Lucroy to a minor league deal.

The Nationals trounced the Diamondbacks 17-2 in Arizona. The offense totaled 22 hits and batted around in three different innings.

Maria Torres of The Athletic took a closer look at the Nationals resurgent offense and Patrick Corbin’s comeback month of May.

Sandy Alcantara had the shortest outing of his career in the Marlins’ 9-6 loss to the Dodgers, recording just four outs and seeing his season ERA rise from 2.72 to 4.06.

Marlins first baseman Jesús Aguilar got caught on camera having a little fun with Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB and the MLB Players’ Association announced that 16 of 30 teams will reach the 85% vaccination threshold in the next two weeks. The Mets are not among those 16 teams.

The New York Times did a profile on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani.

Tyler Flowers announced his retirement from baseball.

Three to four teams are interested in Albert Pujols after he was recently released by the Angels.

In accordance with the new CDC guidelines, the Tigers announced that guests at Comerica Park will no longer be required to wear masks in outdoor areas.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks has a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist that may require surgery.

The Pirates signed former Met T.J. Rivera to a minor league deal.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore spoke to Mets beat writer Mike Puma for an episode of Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation.

Joe Sokolowski gave us quotes from Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and more in this week’s edition of This Week in Mets Quotes.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets’ series against the Tampa Bay Rays—an opponent they don’t see too often.

This Date in Mets History

Pat Mahomes (the baseball one) earned a win against the Phillies in his Mets debut on this date in 1999.