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Mets Morning News: Mets defeat Braves, lose two more players to injury

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

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The Mets stopped their three-game skid with a statement win against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. The Mets lost Taijuan Walker after three scoreless innings with left side tightness, and Kevin Pillar had to leave the game as well after getting hit in the face during his seventh inning at-bat (a gruesome sight that was not for the faint of heart). The Mets finally broke through in the seventh with back-to-back doubles from Tomás Nido and James McCann, with Pillar’s bases-loaded HBP bringing home the eventual winning run. Johneshwy Fargas also got his first career hit, a double that drove in the game’s third run. Edwin Díaz closed the victory out for his sixth save of the year.

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Pillar was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game immediately. It was an ugly sight. He went to the hospital and underwent a CT scan after the game, and tweeted that he was “doing fine”.

Mets’ players could see themselves in Pillar following that disturbing scene.

The scary beaning put the club’s other injuries in perspective.

After exiting his start, Walker said he’s been feeling left side tightness for a couple of weeks, and with his diminished stuff, he did not think it was worth continuing his outing. He believes he can manage it moving forward.

Prior to the game, the Mets placed both Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil on the injured list with hamstring strains. The team is taking a week-to-week approach with both players.

The Mets called up Johneshwy Fargas and Khalil Lee to take their places on the roster. Seth Lugo was transferred to the 60-Day IL to make room on the 40-man roster for Fargas. Both made their major league debut in last night’s win.

Heading into the game, and prior to the Pillar injury, the Mets were missing four of their eight regulars.

The injured Mets need more from Francisco Lindor.

Luis Rojas shared his message to the team after losing two more prominent players.

The team is “exploring all options” following all their injuries, which could include help from inside and outside the organization.

James McCann finally had his breakthrough Mets moment last night in a pinch hitting spot.

The Mets do not yet have a pitching plan for today’s game, according to Rojas.

In a bit of positive injury news, Noah Syndergaard will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Lugo will begin on Tuesday in Syracuse, as will J.D. Davis.

In more encouraging injury news, Jacob deGrom will throw a bullpen session later today. This comes after he threw off a slope yesterday.

deGrom was having some fun last night, as he provided some infield pointers to Freddie Freeman from the club’s dugout.

Tim Britton shared the latest edition of This Week in Mets. (Paywall Alert)

The Brooklyn Cyclones will be holding a press conference later today to reveal their new stadium naming rights partner.

The Cyclones will return to Coney Island tonight for the first time in 616 days.

Around the National League East

The Washington Nationals lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-3.

Last night marked Jon Lester’s return to Chicago as a member of the Nationals, and the Cubs took him deep early and often.

The Miami Marlins unveiled their new Cuban-inspired City Connect jerseys, which pay tribute to the Sugar Canes’ legacy and influence.

Jim Salisbury explored the top-to-bottom mess that was the Philadelphia Phillies’ Sunday afternoon loss.

Max Fried left last night’s game for precautionary reasons with a cramp in his hand.

Tucker Davidson will make his first major league start against the Mets on Tuesday, with the other Braves starters being pushed back a day.

Atlanta designated Jessie Biddie for assignment to make room on the roster for Davidson.

Atlanta’s rotation has lost another piece. Huascar Ynoa broke his hand after punching the dugout after exiting his last start, and he will miss a couple of months.

Mike Soroka’s exploratory Achilles surgery went well, though manager Brian Snitker hinted that he will not return this season.

Around Major League Baseball

The latest MLB Power Rankings have arrived. found one pleasant surprise from each of the 30 MLB teams.

Mike Trout limped off the field last night with what was diagnosed as a right calf strain.

The New York Yankees placed Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-Day IL with a left quad strain. They recalled reliever Albert Abreu to take his place.

Jose Abreu injured his ankle on his game-winning slide, which will keep him out of his team’s series against the Minnesota Twins.

The San Francisco Giants, behind Wilmer Flores’ two-run home run, doubled up the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

The San Diego Padres blanked the Colorado Rockies 7-0.

The Yankees fell to the Texas Rangers 5-2.

The Los Angeles Angeles topped Cleveland Indians 7-4, thanks in large part to Shohei Ohtain’s 13th home run of the year.

The Chicago White Sox obliterated the Twins 16-4.

The Detroit Tigers sunk the Seattle Mariners 4-1.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

John Trupin wrote about the two latest Mets to hit the injured list.

I previewed the team’s series with the Braves, which kicked off last night.

Allison McCague brought us the position player and pitcher meters for the week!

On Episode 114 of From Complex to Queens, the crew discussed their early impressions from the 2021 minor league season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, the Mets won a marathon, 14-inning game against the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 . Matt Harvey tossed eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts, but Jeurys Familia blew the save in the ninth to send the game into extras. Four hours and 14 minutes after first pitch, John Mayberry Jr. singled home Eric Campbell with the winning run.