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The Mets fell for a fourth straight night, this time losing on the West Coast by a 7-5 score to the Giants. Rich Hill gave up five straight hits to start the fourth, which ended his night, but the Mets grabbed the lead thanks to a three-spot in the fifth, which was punctuated by a Pete Alonso triple. Miguel Castro gave the lead back by allowing a two-run shot to Former Future Met Kris Bryant, and Trevor May gave up back-to-back blasts to Brandon Belt and Kris Bryant later in the game. The Mets battled back on a Jonathan Villar homer, but ultimately fell short (once again).

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Prior to the loss, the team placed Tomás Nido on the IL with a sprained left thumb. Patrick Mazeika and Trevor Williams were recalled, while Geoff Hartlief was optioned back to Triple-A.

The Mets acquired the left-hander Hill before the deadline, but he hasn’t been the acquisition they had hoped he would be.

Following a routine doctor’s appointment yesterday, Jacob deGrom’s two-week shutdown will remain in effect.

The Mets remain ‘hopeful’ that an improving deGrom can return this season.

With the Mets’ season on the brink during this tough stretch, a bigger problem looms in deGrom’s long-term health.

The Mets do expect to have Javier Báez back pretty quickly, even (potentially) by the start of the next homestand.

Francisco Lindor also could be back by the next homestand.

ESPN tried to determine what’s wrong with the Mets, and wondered whether they could fix it in time.

The Mets could be looking to improve at two positions this winter. Specifically, they might look to upgrade at third base and at the corner outfield spot(s).

In the newest edition of This Week in Mets, Tim Britton looks at the long-term ramifications of the team’s season-long slump, among other things. (Paywall Alert)

The latest Mets Notebook from Tim Healey is here.

Around the National League East

The Braves pounded the Marlins 12-2 to increase their lead in the NL East.

Around Major League Baseball

The Astros reached a settlement with the family of a 2-year-old girl who was struck by a foul ball in 2019.

Trevor Bauer, whom media outlets insist on continuing to call ‘polarizing’ rather than what he actually is, faced his accuser in court on Monday for a civil hearing.

TW: This story contains content regarding sexual violence. A recount of the first day of the hearing can be found here.

Bleacher Report took their best shot at trying to predict every team’s starting lineup for the 2022 season.

Baseball Reference revealed their updated playoff odds prior to play yesterday.

Following the success of the ‘Field of Dreams’ game, it appears a series adaptation is under development. Michael Schur (The Good Place, Parks & Recreation) will be at the helm.

Speaking of which, next year’s Field of Dreams game will feature the Cubs and the Reds. In a preview of what’s to come, Cincinnati walloped Chicago 14-5 last night.

Jake Arrieta, who was cut by the Cubs after being both a terrible pitcher and a terrible person, is signing the Padres and will likely start Wednesday’s game against the Rockies.

The Reds placed Jesse Winker on the IL with an intercostal strain.

The Dodgers claimed pitcher Evan Phillips off waivers from the Rays.

Los Angeles also placed Cole Hamels on the 60-day IL before even throwing a pitch for his new squad. It appears he was experiencing arm pain again, which resulted in the move.

Fresh off his stint on the USA Olympics team, reliever David Robertson signed a major league deal with the Rays.

The Blue Jays released ex-Met Dilson Herrera.

The Pirates designated John Nogowski for assignment.

The Yankees held on to beat the Angels 2-1, in a game where all the scoring happened in the first inning.

The Rays beat up the Orioles 9-2.

The Royals bested the Astros 7-6.

The Twins walked off Cleveland 5-4 in ten innings.

The White Sox beat the Athletics 5-2.

After blowing a lead in the top of the ninth, the Rockies defeated the Padres 6-5 after scoring a run in the bottom half of the frame.

The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 2-1.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

I previewed the team’s upcoming series against the Giants, which kicked off last night.

Allison McCague brought us the position player and pitching meters for the week.

On Episode 129 of From Complex to Queens, the crew tried to look on the bright side!

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1967, Buddy Harrelson hit his first major league homer, while on this date in 1973, Willie Mays hit his last homer.