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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 had one of their most dramatic games of the season in their series opener against the Diamondbacks. After a rough David Peterson start, the bullpen held Arizona to one run in 8 13 innings of work, and the team was able to claw back from a deficit thanks in large part to a game-tying two-run homer from Francisco Lindor. Then with the bases loaded in the tenth Patrick Mazeika hit a dribbler that scored the runner from third to give the Mets a 5-4 victory.

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The Mets had some dugout drama in the seventh inning that apparently involved Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil, but if the players on the team are to be believed, the whole incident involved a rat and/or a raccoon.

One person who enjoyed Lindor’s big home run: Steve Cohen.

The team is still hoping that Jacob deGrom will be able to start for them on Sunday, though that is still not a sure thing.

Luis Guillorme is not going to be able to return from the IL when he becomes eligible on Sunday.

The Mets farm system suffered a major blow yesterday, as the organization announced that top pitching prospect Matt Allan will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.

While the bullpen was expected to be a major weakness for the Mets in 2021, thus far it has instead been a strength—thanks in part to the better-than-expected performances of guys like Jeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman.

In a departure from the team’s previously policy, the Mets have deemed the minor league players on the St. Lucie Mets worthy of using the major league spring training clubhouse.

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is running for mayor of Stamford, Connecticut.

In the most important piece of hard-hitting journalism you will read this year, James Schapiro of the Shea Bridge Report asked the question that all of baseball Twitter has been asking for a long time now: who is Richard Staff?

Around the National League East

The Phillies put up a six-spot in the first inning against Charlie Morton to held lead the team to a 12-2 victory over the Braves.

Philadelphia had some reinforcements going into the game last night, as Bryce Harper and Jean Segura both returned to the lineup.

The Nationals also scored six runs in an inning—in this case the eighth inning—as the team hit four homers in total en route to an 11-4 win over the Yankees.

Trevor Rogers pitched another solid start for the Marlins and the Miami offense scored six runs to secure a victory over the Brewers.

Atlanta did some bullpen shuffling prior to last night’s game, with Carl Edwards Jr. replacing Nate Jones amongst the team’s relief corps.

Around Major League Baseball

The no-hitters just keep on coming, as Wade Miley threw the second no-no of the week in a win for the Reds against Cleveland.

Miguel Cabrera added another notch to his belt by passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list.

The league reported just one new positive COVID case (from an employee at a team’s alternate site) amongst all of its main personnel over the past week.

The Twins will be without their best player for some time, as Byron Buxton has been placed on the IL due to a hip strain.

Former major league pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez honored a promise he made to his mother by graduating from college.

Mike Trout, who has played his entire major league career with Albert Pujols on the Angels, expressed gratitude towards the Hall of Fame slugger following his release.

The Giants belatedly celebrated Willie Mays’s 90th birthday in San Francisco last night.

With home runs down a bit in comparison to the ridiculous numbers we’ve seen in previous seasons, Fangraphs took a look at what’s been happening to the balls put in play that might have been out of the ballpark previously.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore and Chris McShane chatted with punk rock guitarist Brian Baker in the most recent episode of Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation.

David Capobianco looked at the disappointing start to James McCann’s Mets career.

Joe Sokolowski compiled a week’s worth of quotes from Mets players and coaches.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the series against the Diamondbacks and predicted the Mets would win two of three.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets were officially given their names—over alternatives such as Avengers, Bees, Jets, Skyliners, etc.—on this date in 1961.