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Mets Morning News: Mets begin brutal stretch of games with extra innings loss

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

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The Mets played the Dodgers last night in the first of their brutal stretch of thirteen straight games against two of the best teams in the league. They overcame an early 4-0 deficit and went into extra innings against Los Angeles, but Jeurys Familia—pitching for a third straight day—gave up a two-run homer to Will Smith in the top of the tenth, and the Amazins only managed one run in the bottom of the frame and fell 6-5.

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Yesterday was not a good day for the Mets on the injury front, as the team shut down Jacob deGrom for another two weeks and placed Javier Báez on the 10-day injured list.

In some positive news, Michael Conforto has finally shown signs of heating up in recent days.

If the Mets want to go anywhere this year, they will need to hold their own during this stretch against the Dodgers and Giants.

Tylor Megill had another capable start last night, as he continues to provide some small measure of stability to a Mets rotation that desperately needs it.

Some fan snuck a laser pointer into the ballpark and caused trouble in a big spot in the ninth inning in last night’s game.

Francisco Lindor is slowly but surely continuing to make some progress in his rehab, though it will be necessary for him to eventually get some games in the minor leagues before returning.

Luis Guillorme is still feeling a bit of tightness in his hamstring but has been able to take some swings without too much trouble.

Around the National League East

After carving the Mets up in his last outing, Zack Wheeler gave up four runs via home runs to Joey Votto and Nick Castellanos, and the Reds defeated the Phillies 6-1.

The Braves fell behind early on, but subsequently hit four solo homers to beat the Nationals 4-2 and gain a game in the NL East race.

The Marlins scored a whopping 11 runs in the second inning and ended up giving up double digit runs themselves to the Cubs while still managing to hold on for a 14-10 victory.

The Washington Post provided an overview of the process that played out behind the scenes in the Nationals’ decision to sell their top players at the deadline and rebuild.

Around Major League Baseball

The league is already planning on another “Field of Dreams” game in Iowa after the success of the first one this past week.

Lifelong Giant Brandon Crawford will be spending at least a couple more years in the Bay Area, as he signed a two-year extension with the club.

There are a couple of different steps the league could take to try to bring an end to tanking.

There have been a number of surprising developments for various players and teams during the 2021 season.

A recent study suggests that MLB umpires may be guilty of discriminating against non-white players when calling balls and strikes.

Keith Law from The Athletic offered his perspective on the five teams whose farm systems have improved the most this season.

Tom Frazier’s nephew Carson is following in his uncle’s footsteps by playing in the Little League World Series.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian Salvatore provided the latest standings of the -illar of the Day sweepstakes.

Vasilis Drimalitis predicted the Mets would lose two of three to the Dodgers this weekend.

Joe Sokolowski compiled the most interesting Mets-related quotes from the past week.

This Date in Mets History

Pedro Martinez came pretty close to throwing the first no-hitter in Mets history, only to end up losing the game, on this date in 2005.