Jacob deGrom Leaves After Four Innings With Hyperextended Right Elbow

The New York Mets slugger snapped his glitzy necklace during a hard slide into second base in the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, scattering gems around the infield dirt. Paul Sewald relieved him in the fifth.

The Braves said Swanson left Wednesday night for precautionary reasons. The 2015 AL MVP has played 12 games for Toronto this season, hitting three home runs with nine RBIs.

Sam Freeman and Peter Moylan wrapped up Atlanta's three-hitter with an inning each. He's 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA against NY this year (three starts). In those four innings, the short-haired ace relented no runs on just two hits while striking out six batters. Add in the fact that the Braves have had a lot of success at Citi Field, and I think you have to take a serious look at the plus money here. He lasted 1 1/3 innings and struck out two with a walk, allowing one hit.

The Mets will likely be without slugger Yoenis Cespedes for the whole series.

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He's batting third and playing left field Tuesday. Also, remember how young second baseman Ozzie Albies is. Houston wasted a strong pitching performance from Justin Verlander, who tied a career high with 14 strikeouts while limiting NY to three hits over eight shutout innings.

The Mets telecast showed what appeared to be diamonds glistening in the dirt near the bag. Folty and Brandon McCarthy both hold ERAs below 3.25 and McCarthy leads the team with four of their wins. He spent much of Wednesday at the hospital for a series of tests that "didn't find anything", Snitker said. The bullpen has been lead by Arodys Vizcaino, Shane Carle and Dan Winkler, who all have ERAs under 1.50. Julio Teheran will start game three and is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. He was placed on the disabled list.

Vargas didn't have a great first impression with the Mets in his start against San Diego on Saturday.

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