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Mets Morning News: The cavalry is coming

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets routed the Braves 13-2 in their most decisive win of the 2021 season thus far. Taijuan Walker was excellent in his return from the injured list, tossing five scoreless innings and striking out eight batters on 80 pitches. James McCann had a four-hit game, including a home run that put the Mets on the board. The Mets hit five home runs in all; Jonathan Villar, Brandon Drury, Billy McKinney, and Francisco Lindor all also contributed long balls in the victory. Cameron Maybin also finally ended his draught with his first base hit as a Met.

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“Getting booed sucks man,” Francisco Lindor said yesterday. “It’s not fun. It’s a lonely feeling, especially when it’s your home crowd.” Lindor is even more frustrated with his slump than the fans, but hopefully yesterday’s home run was a sign of things to come.

Lindor said that he is trying to recreate his swing from his successful seasons in the past. “But it’s really hard to get that feel back.”

The Mets have still not yet reached the 85% vaccination threshold set by MLB, but it is a “work in progress” according to manager Luis Rojas, because guys are “on the fence about it” and he respects their decision.

Jeff McNeil was out before yesterday’s game taking ground balls—an encouraging sign for the Mets’ second baseman.

Kevin Pillar was back on the field yesterday too, just eleven days after taking a fastball to the face. He was taking fly balls in center field and sprinting and could return to the lineup soon.

Meanwhile, reinforcements are coming in even shorter order. Seth Lugo is expected to be activated from the injured list tomorrow.

And Luis Rojas said there is a “big chance” Pete Alonso will not need a rehab assignment before returning to the lineup.

The Mets confirmed that Jacob deGrom will pitch today on his regular rest, provided that the Mets are able to get the game in between the raindrops.

Yennsy Diaz was optioned to Triple-A yesterday when Taijuan Walker was activated from the injured list.

Around the National League East

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested yesterday in Sandy Springs, Georgia and charged with aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor battery - family violence.

The Sandy Springs police department released a report containing details of the incident, which was witnessed by police. Content warning: graphic description of domestic violence.

Major League Baseball will open an investigation into Ozuna, who will be subject to MLB’s domestic violence policy and faces a potential suspension, along with potential jail time.

It was a perfect day for the Mets, with all of their NL East rivals losing their games. The Phillies fell to the Rays 5-3, despite Zack Wheeler striking out a career-high 14 batters in his outing.

The Phillies activated J.T. Realmuto from the injured list prior to yesterday’s game.

Ken Davidoff of the Post criticized Joe Girardi for his lack of transparency regarding Phillies injuries.

The Marlins lost to the Red Sox 3-1 in Boston, as Trevor Rogers took the loss despite a strong performance; the Marlins’ bats were unable to break through against Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox bullpen.

The Brewers swept a doubleheader from the Nationals, winning 4-1 in the first game behind a complete game performance from Freddy Peralta and 6-2 in the second game thanks to a breakout performance from their offense. The Nationals offense continues to sputter; the Nats have now scored three runs or fewer in 27 of their games this season.

Around Major League Baseball

Former Ryerson student Melissa Verge went on the record to the Toronto Star with allegations of sexual misconduct against Roberto Alomar, who was banned by Major League Baseball earlier this month for a similar incident.

“I think the [Blue Jays] organization was well aware of [Alomar]’s nature, let’s put it that way,” said a former employee in the story. The Blue Jays have launched an internal investigation into his conduct.

The Rockies placed star shortstop Trevor Story on the 10-day injured list yesterday with right elbow inflammation.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News laments the rash of injuries across baseball this season.

In yesterday’s Twins-Royals game, Josh Donaldson scored the two millionth run in MLB history.

Today in umpires being asleep at the wheel, we have Gio Urshela drawing a walk on ball three in yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers contest.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer opened up to the Tampa Bay Times about the difficult loss of his mother, Donna.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore and Chris McShane spoke to EPSN Baseball Analyst Buster Olney for an episode of Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets’ series against the Braves.

The star of the night AND goat of the night were both the rain in yesterday’s Daily Prospect Report, as the entire minor league system was rained out on Friday night.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1986, the Mets were able to capitalize on a dropped pop-up to to beat the Giants in extra innings.