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

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The Mets got a pretty decent start from Joey Lucchesi, but failed to score a single run and fell to Blake Snell and the Padres 2-0. On the bright side, however, they are getting their best hitter back in the lineup tonight, with Jacob deGrom taking the mound for game three in the four-game set.

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Luis Rojas gave Dominic Smith a day off last night and explained his philosophy for giving players rest.

The Mets are still anxiously awaiting for Carlos Carrasco’s debut with the team, but there remains no firm timeline for him.

Jeff McNeil may be ready for a rehab assignment in a week or two, while Michael Conforto is a bit further away.

Freddy Valdez is the player who will be going over to the Red Sox to complete the trade which resulted in Khalil Lee’s acquisition.

If the Mets want to compete for a championship this year, they will need to be able to compete with the powerhouse teams in the NL West.

Around the National League East

Max Scherzer outdueled Zack Wheeler and gave the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.

Cody Poteet lasted just 2.2 innings, and the Marlins gave up nine runs to the lowly Pirates to suffer their seventh straight loss.

Freddie Freeman hit a homer, but Ian Anderson had a rough start and the Braves fell to the Dodgers 9-5.

The Braves acquired recently DFA’d pitcher Ty Tice from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.

Around Major League Baseball

Sports Illustrated wrote about the worst-kept secret in baseball: the prevalent use amongst pitchers of foreign substances on baseballs.

The league will soon have only eight remaining teams who have not reached the 85% benchmark of vaccinated Tier 1 personnel.

Third-base coach Phil Nevin returned to the Yankees following a scary illness in the aftermath of his COVID diagnosis.

Freddy Peralta celebrated a birthday and flirted with a no-hitter for the Brewers last night.

Marcus Semien is earning himself a sizable payday with his performance for the Blue Jays and with free agency looming this winter.

MLB.com examined each team’s projected win total and estimated whether they’d over or underperform those projections.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane examined Robert Gsellman’s surprisingly strong 2021 performance up to this point.

A very smart and handsome writer discussed the potential for Luis Guillorme to get an everyday opportunity once he returns from the IL.

Joe Sokolowski compiled this past week’s best Mets-related quotes.

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore chatted about the latest Mets news and happenings on a new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

Three Mets coaches were fired after the team lost their eighth game in a row on this date in 1999.