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Mets Morning News: Mets lose the rare fifth-game rubber match

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

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Taijuan Walker started off strong, but the game fell towards Atlanta after the third inning despite a monstrous home run from Pete Alonso as the Mets dropped the rubber game 6-3.

Choose your recap: AA short and long, Daily News, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, North Jersey, Post.

Look, the Mets lost, but Alonso hit a home run in the third deck in left field, which kinda-almost made the entire game worth it.

Pitcher Akeem Bostick made his major league debut in the ninth inning yesterday and is the 56 player the team has utilized this season, tying a franchise record set in 2018. Bostick was understandably excited about his debut.

Dom Smith credits much of his success against left-handed pitching to offseason advice from Barry Bonds. Smith recorded both his hits yesterday off of lefty Drew Smyly.

Despite being linked to every possible trade target, the Mets have so far not made a major move as the trade deadline approaches, a deadline that presents high stakes for a team in championship contention.

Carlos Carrasco takes the mound in his first appearance as a Met tonight against the Reds at 7:10. Even more exciting (for some folks), the Mets will be wearing black uniforms.

The Mets will induct former ace Jon Matlack into their hall of fame this Saturday. The 1972 NL Rookie of the Year and three-time all-star joins Ron Darling and Edgardo Alfonzo in this year’s class and is only the seventh pitcher overall to join the club’s inner circle.

Around the National League East

A lot of players that began the day as members of the Washington Nationals are no longer members of the Washington Nationals. Most notable are stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, who the Nats sent to the Dodgers in exchange for a panoply of prospects and a mountain of salary relief.

Next to mention is Kyle Schwarber, who the Nats sent to Boston.

After that is Brad Hand, who the Nats sent to Toronto in exchange for catcher Riley Adams.

And last is Daniel Hudson, who the Padres acquired to bolster an already impressive bullpen. But the Nats news doesn’t end there!

Manager Davey Martinez, who as of this publication is still a member of the Washington Nationals, expressed gratitude for his team’s high vaccination rate.

Nationals Park has updated its policy and will require all fans and staff to wear a mask while inside indoor parts of the ballpark.

The Nationals also played two baseball games today, splitting their doubleheader with the Phillies. The first game marked Scherzer’s last start for the club, and the second game featured a Phillies seven-run comeback and a walk-off grand slam from Brad Miller in the bottom of the 8th inning.

The Braves released three-time gold glove winner Ender Inciarte yesterday.

Conflicting reports have emerged about Marcell Ozuna’s aggravated assault charge.

After today’s proceedings, the Mets currently stand in first place in the division, 3.5 games ahead of the Phillies and 4 games ahead of the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Acquiring their second powerful left-handed batter in as many days, the Yankees dealt for star Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The Yankees also made their trade for Joey Gallo official, sending four minor leaguers to Texas in exchange for Gallo, Joley Rodriguez, and cash. The Bronx Bombers lost 14-0 to the Rays yesterday in St. Petersberg.

Cleveland dealt infielder César Hernández to the Chicago White Sox, who also acquired Ryan Tepera in a rare inter-city trade with the Cubs. The Royals beat the Sox 5-0 yesterday in Kansas City.

The Royals also sent Danny Duffy to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. Duffy agreed to the trade after waving his 10/5 rights.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona has announced he will be stepping down for the remainder of the season to focus on health issues.

MLB handed Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago an 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The Rockies are still fielding offers for pitcher Jon Gray. The Mets could really use a pitcher like Jon Gray.

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors unanimously rejected Curt Schilling’s request to be removed from next year’s ballot.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian continued his highly intellectual, one-of-a-kind analysis of two key Mets players.

This Date in Mets History

The franchise’s first manager Casey Stengel was born 131 years ago today.