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Mets Morning News: deGrom starts for the (St. Lucie) Mets

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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 off day yesterday! But don’t worry—they’re scheduled to play the next seventeen days in a row, starting tonight at 7:10 in Miami.

The Mets have yet to announce a starter for any of the games in Miami, partly because four of their best starting pitchers and quite a few more position players are on the injured list.

Pete Alonso may join that list of injured players with a wrist ailment, but the team will not announce their intentions with Alonso until later today.

It’s been an especially difficult start injury-wise for the Mets, and this point reaches number two on Justin Toscano’s top-ten list of wacky happenings so far this season.

There is some good news on the injury front, however, with Jacob deGrom throwing three successful innings in a rehab start in Port St. Lucie.

MLB.com held a Cy Young poll, and deGrom ran away with the NL tally with all but two of the first place votes.

Also playing for the St. Lucie Mets is the franchise’s number one prospect Franciso Álvarez, who is impressing many with his unreal slash line through just 11 games in single-A this season.

Around the National League East

The Cubs beat the Nationals 5-2 to take three out of four games against the NL East’s last-place team.

One Nationals player tested positive for COVID, though he is reportedly asymptomatic and Max Scherzer believes he should be allowed to play.

The Nationals placed two players on the COVID IL as a result: Erick Fedde and Tanner Rainey, one for testing positive and one for close contact, though it was not disclosed which label applied to which player.

The Braves continued a disappointing run as they dropped a 10-inning game to the Pirates 5-4.

The Marlins took the series from the Phillies with a 6-0 win, because I guess someone from this division had to win yesterday.

Around Major League Baseball

Albert Pujols hit his sixth home run of the year and his first with the Dodgers.

The San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball and holy wow they beat the Reds 19-4 yesterday.

J.D. Martinez made his 250th career home run count as it put the Red Sox ahead in the 9th inning as they beat the Blue Jays 8-7.

A Pennsylvania jury convicted former Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez on fifteen counts of sexual assault, stemming from a predatory relationship he developed with a minor.

The Kansas City Royals signed former Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak to a minor-league contract.

Lindsey Adler remarked on how close to perfection Corey Kluber reached on Wednesday.

C.C. Sabathia repeated a few four-letter words on the R2C2 podcast describing his displeasure with Tony La Russa antagonizing Yermín Mercedes for doing his job well.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian and Chris lament injuries and praise the bench mob on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

Brian also released his latest very serious analysis of two key contributing Mets.

On this Date in Mets History

Dae-Sung Koo hit a double off of Randy Johnson on this date in 2005 in the most improbable Mets plate appearance until a certain Bartolo Colón at-bat against James Shields.

Koo followed up his majestic double by scoring from second base on a sacrifice bunt from José Reyes. Jon Bois made a pretty good video about it.

Happy birthday to former Mets pitchers Hank Webb and Tom Martin! They pitched a combined 62 games for the Mets, but they are cool in my book because they share a birthday with me.*

*This is an excuse to tell you all it is my birthday today.