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Lugo, Mets’ bats scuffle in loss to D-backs

Over the past few weeks, Mets officials have debated internally whether Seth Lugo is best deployed in the rotation or the bullpen — an argument that, at least for now, is moot. The Mets have no choice but to use Lugo as a starting pitcher, considering the state of the rest of their roster.

As they attempt to arrest their spiral down the National League standings, the Mets’ choices, in general, have become limited. They started Lugo on Friday in place of Noah Syndergaard, who remains on the disabled list with no timetable for his return. They started Jose Bautista in left field in place of Yoenis Cespedes, who — and this may sound familiar — remains on the DL with no timetable for his return. They relied on their newest waiver claim, Chris Beck in the middle innings, and shifted first baseman Dominic Smith to the outfield for the first time in his big league career.

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