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Mets Morning News: Season continues to fade to black

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A Javy Báez homer was the only run the Mets managed to score in the series opener against the Washington Nationals, as they suffered a 2-1 defeat for their fourth straight loss as their free fall continues. The loss also puts their record while wearing the black jerseys this season at 0-3. Just reporting the facts here, folks.

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Rich Hill started in yesterday’s game and gave up two runs in five innings, and he was disappointed in himself afterwards.

After an incredibly long wait, Jerry Koosman will finally have his number retired by the Mets today.

In one positive bit of news, Tomás Nido was activated from the injured list yesterday, with Chance Sisco being optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.

Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner provided updates on some injured Mets pitchers, including David Peterson, who is unlikely to return this season.

As Noah Syndergaard continues his rehab, the Mets will hope to see him throw multiple innings, though he know he probably won’t go beyond one or two innings if he pitches with the big league team this year.

Marcus Stroman has been the picture of consistency for the Mets this season, and he will be rewarded for his efforts this offseason as he hits free agency.

While the Mets’ top prospects are still likely a couple years away, there are some lesser-known names who could make their way onto the big league club before too long.

Around the National League East

The first place Braves fell behind early, but put up a four-spot in the seventh—culminated by a three-run homer by Jorge Soler—and defeated the Giants 6-5.

Atlanta also received some reinforcement prior to yesterday’s game, as Eddie Rosario was activated from the IL.

The Phillies had three breakthrough cases of COVID, as Zach Eflin, Luke Williams, and Andrew Knapp all tested positive despite being vaccinated and were placed on the COVID IL.

Joe Girardi indicated that J.T. Realmuto would get some playing time at first base for the remainder of the season as the team tries to work through the loss of Rhys Hoskins.

Philadelphia traded runs back and forth with the Diamondbacks for eleven innings before a Jean Segura walk-off single gave them a 7-6 victory.

The Marlins failed to put any runs on the board against Wade Miley and the Reds, and they suffered a 6-0 defeat.

The Nationals are one of two MLB teams—the other being the Astros—who are making COVID vaccination mandatory for all non-playing personnel.

Around Major League Baseball

Trevor Bauer once again had his administrative leave extended, but things may finally be coming to a head, as the Pasadena Police Department has finally concluded its investigation and the District Attorney’s office will now decide whether to take up a case against him.

The Yankees defeated the Athletics last night and now have won thirteen straight games, their longest streak since 1961.

Twins star outfielder Byron Buxton was activated from the injured list yesterday.

Adam Wainwright is on the verge of turning 40, and yet he is somehow still pitching at a very high level.

There were a few waiver moves yesterday, as Jarrod Dyson was claimed by the Blue Jays and old friend Asdrúbal Cabrera was claimed by the Reds.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis rejoiced that the Mets wouldn’t be facing the Giants or Dodgers in his preview of the Nationals series.

Joe Sokolowski compiled a bunch of sad Mets quotes from a sad week of Mets baseball.

This Date in Mets History

News broke that Steve Cohen had entered exclusive discussions to purchase the Mets from the Wilpons one year ago today.