Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
David Peterson got the start and was very bad and then hurt. Next up the lethal combination of Sean Reid Foley, Thomas Szapucki, and Albert Almora were also really bad. On the other side of the ball the offense was putrid again with just two hits, and it all added up to a 20-2 loss in Atlanta. But at least Pete Alonso hit a home run I guess.
Thomas Szapucki made his first major league appearance and it was a bit of a wild debut.
Hitting coach Hugh Quattlebaum wants to focus more on the process than the results, and after getting just two hits against Atlanta at least the process was good!
Needless to say the team did not need their closer in this game, but Edwin Diaz should get serious consideration for when the All-Star selections are made.
The Mets will hopefully not get a repeat pitching performance with their ace on the mound, whose season is impressing former greats of the game.
Despite pitching in a season where MLB is cracking down on sticky substances, Jacob deGrom remains as steady as ever with nobody coming close to his accomplishments.
Tylor Megill fared much better in the series opener against the Braves and has been impressing the Mets with the first two starts of his major league career.
Dellin Betances will undergo shoulder surgery that will end his 2021 season.
Prospects Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez were selected to represent the Mets in the Futures Game that will be held on July 11.
After getting fired for sexually harassing a female reporter, Major League Baseball announced that Jared Porter will not be able to return to baseball until after the 2022 season.
Around the National League East
Talking Chop was obviously pleased with the offense they witnessed against the Mets.
The Marlins acquired prospect Andrew McInvale in a trade with the Blue Jays, but what does the righty bring to his new organization?
Trea Turner hit for the cycle in the Nationals’ 15-6 win over the Rays.
Around Major League Baseball
More horrifying details emerged from Trevor Bauer’s alleged sexual assault against a 27-year-old women he met online. Content warning: this is an incredibly tough read with graphic descriptions of the assault.
July is an important month in the baseball world with both the All-Star Game and Trade Deadline approaching and while it could be tough to predict what will happen MLB.com took a crack at in anyway.
One day after putting on a show as a hitter at Yankee Stadium, Shohei Ohtani the pitcher struggled on the mound.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
On episode 91 of A Pod of Their Own, the offensive struggles were once again discussed as well as how the organization treats its minor league players.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1993, Dwight Gooden hit the sixth home run of his career which put him ahead of Tom Seaver for most home runs by a Mets pitcher.
And a very happy Bobby Bonilla day to all who celebrate.