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Mets vs. Brewers series preview

Carlos Gomez, left, and Lucas Duda will face

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The Mets begin a three-game set with the Brewers on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Brewers lead the AL Central by five games over the Cardinals and have the second-best record in the National League. The Mets enter play five and a half games back of Atlanta and Washington, which are tied for the NL East lead.

Here’s what to watch for in this series:

OPPOSING PITCHER SCOUTING REPORT

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d'Arnaud: 'This is unacceptable'

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets walks back to

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The whole of the contribution made Friday night by Travis d’Arnaud served as a perfect reflection of what has been a dismal season.In the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Giants, d’Arnaud popped up and hit into a pair of double plays, an 0-for-3 performance that dropped his average to .180. Behind the plate, he failed to block a wild pitch that helped the Giants score the game-tying run.D’Arnaud,...

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A look at the Mets' picks on Day 2 of the MLB draft

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets highlighted their second day of the amateur draft on Friday by choosing Milton Ramos, a defensive wizard at shortstop, and Eudor Garcia-Pacheco, a power-hitting third baseman.

“We had a really productive day today,” said Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous, who addressed reporters on Friday along with Paul DePodesta, the Mets’ vice president of scouting and player...

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Mets shortstops performing better than Yankees shortstops

Mets shortstops are offensively outperforming the group fielded

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One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.

The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...

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Mets' Matt den Dekker robs Ryan Howard of home run, throws out Reid Brignac at plate

Mets centerfielder Matt den Dekker leaps to catch

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Before the Mets had Juan Lagares, they had another defensive stud in centerfield by the name of Matt den Dekker. And with Juan Lagares on the disabled list, den Dekker stepped right in to fill his shoes.

With the Mets leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard drove a 3-2 pitch from Bartolo Colon to dead centerfield. Den Dekker tracked it down with ease, leaped...

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Dillon Gee: 'I was trying to force coming back too early'

Dillon Gee watches an intrasquad game from the

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At first, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee insisted that he’d take his time, for fear that trying to rush back from his strained lat muscle would cause a setback. It’s why he wanted to pitch in at least one game-like situation before being activated from the disabled list.

He thought he’d miss just two starts.

But Gee’s DL stint will likely linger into June after the pitcher said on Tuesday night...

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Video: Yasiel Puig makes incredible diving catch vs. Mets

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig reacts after

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This just in -- Yasiel Puig is good at baseball.

The Dodgers rightfielder made a highlight-reel catch on a fly ball hit by Wilmer Flores of the Mets in the bottom of the second inning on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Flores put the ball between Puig and Matt Kemp in right-centerfield, and it appeared to be a sure double off the bat. But Puig seemingly came out of nowhere to make the...

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Mets' struggles at Citi Field continue -- is it in their heads?

Mets leftfielder Chris Young reacts after striking out

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Consider the pall that hovers above Citi Field, which has been a house of horrors for any Met who happens to be holding a baseball bat. By now, the problem is well documented. The Mets have a .700 OPS on the road and a dreadful .598 OPS at home.

They can't hit here, and some of the issue may be talent. You get what you pay for, after all, and there's a price to pay for slashing payroll $60...

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Juan Lagares returns to Mets after death in family

Mets' Juan Lagares stands in the on-deck circle

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Centerfielder Juan Lagares made it to Citi Field in time on Wednesday night to be in the starting lineup against the Dodgers. Lagares had been in the Dominican Republic since Monday because of a death in his family.

The Mets declined to put him on the bereavement list, which would have prevented him from playing on Wednesday.

The Mets also got some good news regarding catcher Travis...

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Ruben Tejada to get second chance at shortstop

Ruben Tejada (11) reacts after he singled to

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WASHINGTON -- Ruben Tejada’s modest improvement over the last week has been enough to buy the embattled shortstop a second chance.

Even though prospect Wilmer Flores started on Saturday against the Nationals, Tejada will likely see the majority of the playing time at short, even after his struggles to start the year put his job in jeopardy.

“He’s getting to be the guy we know,” Mets...

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