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

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Meet the Mets

Taijuan Walker gave up six runs, yet the Mets never trailed in Sunday’s contest for a single pitch as they bashed and battered their way to a 13-6 win over the Nationals.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Faith and Fear in Flushing, Daily News, MLB, Newsday, North Jersey, Post.

With the doubleheader bonus roster spot evaporating, the Mets optioned Travis Blankenhorn to AAA, opting to carry three catchers for the time being.

Dominic Smith’s return from the bereavement list will either come today or tomorrow in Miami.

They are certainly big, goofy shoes to fill, but Kevin Pillar intends to adequately fill the Brandon Nimmo-sized hole in the Mets.

Of course, there are currently (and always) a lot of injured Mets, so thankfully there is a handy guide to all of your favorite incapacitated and wounded ballmen.

Despite the team coming away with the win, Taijuan Walker is irked by his performance in Sunday’s contest.

Jacob deGrom has found a great new way to avoid answering press questions.

Believe it or not, we are only a week removed from the accursed Thumb Saga.

Maladies are not just limited to the major league roster as AA Binghamton will not be playing until at least Thursday to allow for additional COVID-19 testing and tracing.

If the present day wasn’t fun enough, allow yourself to be excited by the prospects of Brett Baty.

Around the National League East

The Phillies used nine pitchers in a 10-inning affair against the Marlins, coming home with a 4-3 win after Odubel Herrera’s RBI single in the Manfred Zone.

In a very Coors-y game, the Braves slugged four homers and ended their trip to Colorado with a 9-2 win over the Rockies.

Around Major League Baseball

Red Sox outfielder Danny Santana was placed on the COVID-19 IL, becoming the 11th different Red Sox player to find himself on the dreaded list.

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli will be away from the team as he waits for the birth of his first child, back in Minnesota.

Starting today and culimating in the big show on Wednesday, fans and Hall of Famers alike will flock to Cooperstown for the 2020-but-actually-in-2021 Induction Ceremony.

In Milwuakee, Daniel Vogelbach connected for an Ultimate Grand Slam, baseball’s first since David Bote in 2018.

Wander Franco’s on-base streak has reached 35 consecutive games, putting him within one game of tying Mickey Mantle for second place all time among players 20 and under.

Though only 27 of his 41 homers have come in games where he was behind the plate, Salvador Perez is five home runs away from breaking the all-time single season home run record for catchers.

Attempting to keep his spot atop the leaderboard, Shohei Ohtani connected for his 43rd home run of the year, keeping Salvador Perez a pair away from a tie.

Cedric Mullins became the first player in Major League Baseball this season and the third player in Baltimore Orioles franchise history to record a 25 HR/25 SB season.

If you thought to yourself about how cool it would be to see someone do a backflip after throwing a ceremonial first-pitch strike, Simu Liu is the celebrity for you.

This Date in Mets History

I urge you to wish two-time former Met and current media dude Jerry Blevins a happy 38th birthday.