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Jay Bruce Limps Off as Cardinals Clobber the Mets

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Stephen Piscotty after hitting a two-run homer off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning.

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Stop us if this sounds familiar: A Mets player did something during a game to hurt himself and had to depart the contest early. In this case, during a routine double to left field in the second inning, Jay Bruce grimaced as he ran out of the batter’s box in Wednesday’s 8-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bruce left the game with a cramp in his right calf, only a minor injury. But the Mets have been juggling injuries all season. Just as their lineup’s health improved with the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera, their starting rotation took a turn for the worse with injuries to Steven Matz and, now, the replacement Jon Niese.

At a time when the Mets needed Jacob deGrom to bounce back from his career-worst start, he lasted only four and two-thirds innings. DeGrom was charged with five runs on 12 hits. His pitches caught too much of the plate, and the Cardinals made him pay.

DeGrom allowed three home runs, two of…

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