Mets Morning News: Not buying that Phillies are dead

Jim McIsaac

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

Jeremy Hefner didn't have it last night as the Phillies rocked the Mets 13-8 in their second half opener.

Choose Your Recap: Amazin' Avenue Short, Long, MLB.com, ESPN NY, Daily News, New York Times, Associated Press, Star-Ledger, Newsday

Zack Wheeler looks to build on his strong start against the Giants as he faces off against the Phillies this afternoon for the first time. He'll square off against Cole Hamels.

It may seem to be a modest goal but Terry Collins says the Mets are aiming for .500 this year.

Bad news for the Mets, as part-owner Steve Cohen is facing SEC charges related to insider trading.

Keith Law put out his mid-season top 50 prospect list and he only ranked Noah Syndergaard on it, placing him at #34. That's actually pretty good, as it seems like Law's updated his view of the gigantic Texan from earlier this year.

Kevin Plawecki was listed among five sleeper catching prospects over at Fangraphs.

Yesterday At AA

Chris McShane tried to match the Mets up with some mid-tier free agents.

James Kannengieser looks back at the forgotten moments from the first half.

Joe Sokolowski has another week in Mets quotes.

Brock Mahan looked back at July 19th in Mets history.

Greg Karam has our Daily Farm Report.

Around the NL East

The Phillies found out that relievers Mike Adams and Jeremy Horst are done for the year. BUY BUY BUY RUBEN AMARO, you know you want to!

The Braves defeated the White Sox 6-4.

The Nationals fell to the Dodgers 3-2 and with the loss, they dropped to 3rd place behind the Phillies. #NATITUDE

The Brewers shut out the Marlins 2-0 behind Kyle Lohse.

Around the Majors

The Rangers and Cubs are close to a Matt Garza trade, though it's not complete yet. Jeff Passan reports the deal could include third base prospect Mike Olt, and starting pitchers Neil Ramirez and C.J. Edwards, as well as Cubs' lefty James Russell.

While Yasiel Puig has been great, Ted Berg points out that the best Cuban ballplayers may be yet to come. Speaking of Puig, watch this ridiculous throw he from right field made last night (Harper was definitely out!) and the ridiculous catch he made soon after. Not everything is great for Mr. Puig, though, as he's being sued for $12 million.

Former Baseball Prospectus writer turned politics guy Nate Silver is headed back to the sports world, as he'll join ESPN to work on Keith Olbermann's new show. NO POLITICS!

Over at Royals Review, Craig Brown is calling for the firing of Dayton Moore.

At The Biz Of Baseball, Maury Brown writes about the silly divide between scouts and stats. Spoiler: you need both to succeed in baseball and the people who totally ignore one side are foolish.

If you read an article or find a link that you think would be a great addition to a future edition of Mets Morning News, please forward it to our new tips email address tips@grission.com and we'll try to add it in.

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