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Mets Morning News: Mets win series finale, Carlos Carrasco moves to 60-day IL

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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 split the series against the Cardinals after two short rain delays thanks to a season-best start from Taijuan Walker and drawing eleven walks, three with the bases loaded. The Mets also left a franchise-record seventeen runners on base and still won.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Daily News, MLB.com, North Jersey, Post

Before the game, the Mets placed Carlos Carrasco on the 60-day injured list, sparking conversation about whether this move constituted a setback or not. As a result, he won’t be available to the team until May 31, the same day Noah Syndergaard would be eligible to join the team if ready.

Carrasco won’t pitch in a minor league game on Sunday as originally intended. Francisco Lindor is excited for Mets fans to see how good Carrasco is.

Speaking of Lindor, he broke his 0-for-26 stretch with a ninth-inning single. Lindor also reached base with a game-high three walks and told the Post how much it sucks to be mired in a hitless streak.

The Mets also called up Tommy Hunter and sent down Jordan Yamamoto to Syracuse. Yamamoto earned a win in his only appearance in the second leg of the doubleheader on Wednesday.

The team has instructed outfielder Khalil Lee to prepare for his Mets debut this weekend.

The Mets expect Jacob deGrom to make his scheduled start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Seth Lugo might return to the team by the end of the month.

Around the National League East

Zack Wheeler pitched a complete game shutout as the Phillies beat the Brewers 2-0 in Philadelphia. The Phillies retain first place in the division heading into the weekend.

The Braves completed their sweep of the Nationals by winning 3-2 Thursday afternoon in D.C.

Ronald Acuña Jr. is having a career year so far, in part by dramatically cutting his strikeouts.

The Marlins completed their first sweep of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks Thursday afternoon in Miami.

Around Major League Baseball

The Angels released Albert Pujols, who had a .622 OPS in 24 games this season.

Shohei Ohtani continued his MVP-like start by blasting his tenth home run of the season, tying him for the major league lead with Acuña and J.D. Martinez.

José Altuve hit a go-ahead three-run home run amongst relentless booing at Yankee Stadium to propel the Astros away from a sweep. It was also his 31st birthday. Happy birthday, José!

Mariners prospect Jared Kelenic may debut in the majors later this month. The Mets sent Kelenic to Seattle as the centerpiece in the trade for Robinson Canó and Edwin Díaz.

Injuries are up 15% across the board so far this season.

Apparently, MLB teams can’t play under protest anymore. If anyone feels upset about this rule change, it might be difficult to express that opinion.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve caught us up with the goings-on of the minor league affiliates.

Brian and Chris shared their thoughts on the team’s road trip in AA Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2012, Mets legend Jordany Valdespin recorded his first hit on a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run home run in the ninth inning off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Valdespin celebrated the occasion on Twitter yesterday.