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The Mets split a doubleheader with the Nationals yesterday in Washington DC. Francisco Lindor led the way in the first game, driving in five runs and hitting two home runs en route to a 5-1 Mets victory. While David Peterson did not pitch deep enough into the game to earn the victory, he still struck out six batters over 4 2⁄3 innings. His command was shaky, but he gave the Mets enough to notch the victory. Aaron Loup allowed his inherited runner to score—the only run the Nats would score in the game—but the Mets’ bullpen otherwise held the Nationals at bay, although they needed to burn Loup, Miguel Castro, Seth Lugo, and Trevor May.
The Mets lost the nightcap by a score of 6-2, as both Robert Gsellman and Sean Reid-Foley were hit hard in a bullpen game for the Mets. Meanwhile, a José Peraza two-run homer was the only scoring the Mets could manage against Jon Lester and the Nationals’ bullpen held firm to secure the win and split the twin bill.
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Jacob deGrom is good to go and slated to pitch Monday, barring anything unforeseen. The only way he wouldn’t pitch Monday is if he is sore today following his bullpen session, which he does not anticipate.
On his 33rd birthday yesterday, deGrom was asked if he felt any older. “No, I feel good,” he said. “I’m going the other way.”
In a surprising move yesterday, the Mets placed Joey Lucchesi on the injured list as the corresponding move for the activation of Albert Almora Jr. with elbow inflammation. However, the Mets’ medical staff is “not highly concerned” about the inflammation, according to Luis Rojas.
The Mets have acquired righty Troy Miller from the Blue Jays in exchange for Jacob Barnes.
Former Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco tweeted in jest at Steve Cohen, asking to be taken off the restricted list.
On this Father’s Day, Mets manager Luis Rojas talked about what his dad taught him about baseball and about life.
Around the National League East
The Braves’ game against the Cardinals was postponed due to rain. The Braves will now be playing a split doubleheader today just ahead of their doubleheader against the Mets tomorrow.
Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight looks into why the Braves are struggling, despite Ronald Acuña Jr. being even better in 2021.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution argues that what Ozzie Albies has done should not be overlooked.
The Marlins smacked the Cubs 11-1, scoring at least a run in seven of nine frames. Pedro López had a strong outing, earning his third win of the year, while Jake Arrieta was tagged for six runs (only four of them earned) over three innings of work.
The Phillies also scored double-digit runs, beating the Giants 13-6 thanks to Rhys Hoskins’ six-RBI day.
Around Major League Baseball
Fernando Tatis Jr. left last night’s game against the Reds early with an apparent injury.
Benches cleared in the Orioles-Blue Jays game after Alek Manoah plunked Maikel Franco after giving up back-to-back home runs.
Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus suggests that foreign substance use by pitchers may have an impact on fly ball carry.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2006, the Mets went 9.5 games up in the NL East thanks to four home runs en route to a 9-2 victory over the Reds.