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As you may have heard, the Mets dropped yesterday's game to the Phillies 9-2 after leading for six innings. If you're feeling the need to read more about the ugly game, you can do so in the New York Daily News, New York Times, or Wall Street Journal.
The loss shows the Mets are far from a perfect team, says Jeff Bradley of the Star Ledger.
Andy Martino of the Daily News thinks the Mets' biggest need at the trade deadline is a right-handed bat, and he's has quotations from Anonymous Player to support his cause. Anonymous Player is also not a fan of the idea of bringing back Francisco Rodriguez.
Ted Berg spoke to Jenrry Mejia, and there's video.
Brian Joura says control has been a major factor in Jon Niese's excellent stretch.
Around the NL East
Ryan Howard hit a home run in a rehab game and will rejoin the Phillies sooner than later.
Giancarlo Stanton might miss more than a gme or two with a nagging knee injury
Speaking of the Marlins, they traded for Carlos Lee and sent Gaby Sanchez back to Triple-A shortly after he hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning yesterday.
And last but not least, the Marlins beat the Brewers in 10 innings yesterday.
The Braves lost to the Cubs, which means the Mets are not the only team in the division to have lost to that lowly team in the past week.
The Nationals hit four home runs and won, which puts the Mets 4.5 games out of first place in the division.
Dodgers relief pitcher Todd Coffey will have Tommy John surgery. Somewhere, Ted Berg weeps.
The Yankees did what they often do, claiming a player off waivers who had been cut by the Red Sox: Darnell McDonald.
If you're on Twitter, you will appreciate this: Buster Olney blocked Jon Heyman.
Yu Darvish's final start of the first half of the season will be skipped.