It got ugly early yesterday for Zack Wheeler and the Mets, as the Nationals scored four runs in the second inning en route to a 13-2 victory. Wheeler gave up five total runs in 4.2 innings of work, striking out five, walking two, and surrendering two home runs. It wasn't a good performance, but it was also just his third big-league start, so no reason to freak out or anything. Go get'em next time, Zack! Brandon Lyon gave up six runs in an awful relief outing and reserve catcher Anthony Recker pitched the ninth inning, allowing a two-run home run to Ian Desmond.
After dropping two of three to the Nationals this weekend, the Mets start a four-game home series tonight against the Diamondbacks. Here are the pitching matchups:
The Mets gave out David Wright bobbleheads to the first 25,000 fans to show up at Citi Field yesterday. Unfortunately, the joyous giveaway wasn't without its problems:
Just opened my @Mets David Wright bobblehead, and the head fell off immediately. Kind of sums things up, I suppose.— Chris McShane (@chrismcshane) July 1, 2013
Mark Simon of ESPN New York presented his regular "Series in Metrics" post.
Brian Costa writes that Wheeler's Sunday struggles emphasize what a rarity Matt Harvey is.
Mike Puma spoke with an anonymous Mets official, who said the following about the possibility of the Mets making a big acquisition at the trade deadline:
"I don’t think that’s something [for] right now," a club official said yesterday. "That’s probably something more for the offseason."
This is shaping up to be one big offseason. Sandy Alderson, don't let us down.
Yesterday At AA
Eric provided the GIFs of the Game. The highlight here is "dude wiping a table."
Around the NL East
The Braves slugged three home runs in a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks, completing a three-game sweep.
The Mets are now 13 games back of the first-place Braves. Here are the current NL East standings (click to embiggen):
Around the Majors
Grant Brisbee watched every Yasiel Puig hit and had some thoughts on the young phenom.
Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 27 games.
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-4 thanks to a Buckner-esque error by Jays first baseman Josh Thole. Yes, Thole was playing first after Adam Lind left the game with an injury. Jose Reyes hit a solo home run in the game.
Finally, Matt Welch wrote about when Jackie Robinson fought back.
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