Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
After getting rained out the night before, the Mets played a split-admission doubleheader and split the two games with the Brewers. With Jacob deGrom on the mound in Game 1 the Mets had to like their chances until he gave up two solo home runs to give Milwaukee the lead. However, in walked hero-of-the-day Jose Peraza in the seventh who tied the game off Josh Hader. After Edwin Diaz gave up a run due to the phantom runner rule in extras, Jeff McNeil walked it off with a hit with the bases loaded.
Unfortunately for the Mets a hit with the bases loaded was severely lacking in Game 2. They had a golden opportunity to score when they were down by three and loaded the bases with nobody out, but three straight strikeouts ended the threat. Robert Stock made his Mets debut and wasn’t terrible but Drew Smith and Miguel Castro both gave up runs that made it quite difficult on Game 2’s stagnant offense to catch up.
Still they took the series from one of the hottest teams in the league and now they turn their attention to the last place Pirates for seven games.
Jacob deGrom confirmed he will not be attending the All-Star Game in Colorado, and while the All-Star Games serves as a showcase for the game’s brightest stars, baseball is better served with having deGrom on the mound every five days.
Even though the ace will not be heading to Colorado, he is hopeful his teammate Taijuan Walker will be able to replace him and receive the honor.
deGrom reached a career milestone during the game when he struck out Willy Adames to give him 1,500 strikeouts for his career.
The crowd showered him with “MVP” chants after he became the second fastest pitcher to reach 1,500 strikeouts, but their stunned silence when he gave up a run also spoke volumes.
Jeff McNeil got the big hit to win the game, but it was Jose Peraza who gave the team the chance to pull off the comeback.
Seven-inning split doubleheaders do nothing but steal baseball from fans who paid to see an entire game.
Former Met Daisuke Matsuzaka announced that he will retire at the end of NPB season.
Around the National League East
The Braves’ offense came alive to the tune of 14 runs in their 14-3 pounding of the lowly Pirates. The win came at a cost however, when Ozzie Albies had to be removed from the game with neck tightness.
Before the game, Atlanta selected the contract of catcher Jonathan Lucroy and optioned William Contreras to Triple-A.
Nationals’ star Juan Soto announced he will be participating in the 2021 Home Run Derby.
Around Major League Baseball
The Dodgers have begun distancing themselves from Trevor Bauer by removing his merchandise from their team stores as well as cancelling a planned bobblehead promotion.
Before they were walked off by the Marlins, the Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw on the injured list with forearm inflammation.
One day after getting shellacked by the Phillies, the Cubs placed Jake Arrieta on the IL with hamstring tightness.
The 2021 Home Run Derby is set with all of the participants and match-ups confirmed. Expect many dingers.
Five Rays pitchers combined to throw a seven-inning no-hitter against Cleveland.
With the Trade Deadline approaching, what are the holes that need to be filled for each of the contenders?
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Christian Romo floated the idea of trading Jonathan Villar for pitching.
On Episode 92 of A Pod of Their Own, it was a podcast recorded LIVE from the Citi Field parking lot.
This Date in Mets History
Both John Stearns and Bobby Jones represented the Mets in the Midsummer Classic on this date seventeen years apart.