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Mets Morning News: Second place Mets lose to first place Phillies

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets woke up this morning to a discomforting sight: another team at the top of the NL East standings. The team began a three-game series with the Phillies last night, and once again struggled mightily to score runs. They ended up losing 4-2, and the Phillies are now in first place by half a game.

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There are a number of reasons why the Mets offense has struggled so mightily throughout all of 2021.

One reason for those offensive woes: the team, as we saw last night, has struggled mightily with the bases loaded.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Hugh Quattlebaum still believes that the bats will eventually heat up.

While James McCann is still starting more often than not, Tomás Nido is getting more playing time thus far in the second half.

2020 second-round pick J.T. Ginn is starting to get some attention again after making his return from Tommy John surgery this season.

Around the National League East

Rhys Hoskins was out due to a groin injury last night, but the Phillies are hoping that he will be able to avoid a trip to the injured list.

Buoyed by multi-RBI games from Freddie Freeman, Adam Duvall, and Austin Riley, the Braves won their fourth straight game with an 8-4 victory over the Nationals.

Juan Soto was kept out of the lineup for Washington last night due to a knee injury.

The Marlins began a series in Colorado and immediately got Coors’d, giving up five home runs in a 14-2 shellacking.

Around Major League Baseball

With COVID numbers on the rise, it is possible that the league and the players’ union could bring back some of the previous safety protocols.

The Athletics will have to compete for a playoff spot for the rest of the season without the help of Ramón Laureano, as the outfielder has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The Padres are hoping to have Fernando Tatis Jr. back from the injured list before too long, but it’s possible he may return as an outfielder.

After acquiring the star shortstop last week, the Dodgers finally activated Trea Turner has the COVID IL and made some roster moves to officially add him to the squad.

Nick Castellanos has had everything come together nicely for him this season, as there’s a deep drive into left field, yada yada yada.

MLB.com picked a prospect who could potentially be called up and make an impact in the remainder of the season for each team in the league.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the weekend series against the Phillies and, ever the optimist, predicted the Amazins would win two of three.

Joe Sokolowski compiled all of the relevant quotes from a rather unfortunate week for the Mets.

This Date in Mets History

The very first cycle in Mets history was recorded by Jim Hickman at the Polo Grounds on this date in 1963.