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Mets Morning News: Mets’ offense finds oasis in dessert, Jonathan Villar exits with hamstring injury

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Mets Morning News

It was a wild series finale in the desert. The Mets came out swinging against Madison Bumgarner and scored four runs in the first inning. Unfortunately so did the Diamondbacks and they knocked David Peterson out of the game after he recorded just one out in the first. And so the rest of the game went, with each team going back and forth until it was tied at six a piece late. Pete Alonso broke the tie with a hit that drove in Francisco Lindor to give them the lead in the ninth. This time Edwin Diaz had no issues nailing down the save and the Mets walked away with a series victory.

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Jonathan Villar has been solid since filling in for the injured Mets but now he too is injured after he exited the game early with hamstring tightness.

Kevin Pillar got his first start coming off the injured list after his terrifying injury and his parents talked about how scared they were for their son when the injury first occurred.

With offense still down across baseball, could Jacob deGrom break Bob Gibson’s miniscule ERA record?

After Marcus Stroman called out Bob Brenly for his racist remarks, Brenly issued an apology and will undergo sensitivity training. While Brenly publicly voiced his racism, Stroman is subjected to it every day.

Luis Rojas condemned Brenly’s comments and he thinks commentators need to use their platform better.

The Mets are increasing capacity at Citi Field with 90% of the available seats going to vaccinated fans.

With Major League Baseball honoring Lou Gehrig, Noah Syndergaard is currently reading All the Colors Came Out which is a book about the author’s father battling ALS.

Around the National League East

Drew Smyly struggled on the mound for the Braves in their 5-3 loss to the Nationals.

Old friend Joe Panik walked off the Marlins to give the Blue Jays a 6-5 win.

The Phillies had their game against the Reds rained out which will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 28.

The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the injured list with a neck strain.

Yan Gomes delievered the decisive blow for Washington in their victory over the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball honored Lou Gehrig with the creation of Lou Gehrig Day which was the vision of one man battling the horrible disease.

Former Oriole J.J. Hardy has a friend currently battling the disease that has no cure.

Major League Baseball is going to start cracking down on pitchers using illegal substances in the coming weeks but they will need to learn how to navigate the substances that give pitchers better control and those that give pitchers a competitive advantage.

The Athletics issued an apology for the meager meals served to their minor leaguers and have cut ties with the vendor who was responsible for the food.

Madison Bumgarner exited after pitching only two innings and will be sent for a MRI on his shoulder.

The Cardinals will be without Jack Flaherty for quite awhile and their already thin rotation got that much worse without their ace.

Twins catcher Mitch Garver will undergo surgery on his groin after getting hit with a foul ball earlier in the week.

The Dodgers erupted for eleven runs in the first inning in their win over the Cardinals.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 87 of A Pod of Their Own, the ReplaceMets and avoiding a June swoon were discussed, as well as the importance of the players’ mental health.

Chris McShane wrote about how Bob Brenly’s comments highlighted a larger issue that permeates baseball.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1980, the Mets drafted Darryl Strawberry with the first overall pick in the draft.