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Mets Morning News: deGrom, Duda up their game while Braves enter Hall of Fame

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

Rob Foldy

Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom better stop pitching this well, or else we're going to run out of puns. This time he held the Brewers scoreless for 6.1 innings. The Mets' bullpen completed the shutout, and Lucas Duda homered again to give the team all the offense it needed in the 2-0 victory.

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Terry Collins was not happy about Juan Lagares diving into first base while trying to get a hit during the eighth inning.

The two clutch home runs by Duda in the Mets' last three games are a sign that the slugger is finally turning into a consistent power source.

Even before Sunday's deGrom outing, ESPN's Mark Simon marveled at how well the rookie had been pitching in the month of July.

Tom Glavine's stubbornness and refusal to give in to opponents is a big part of why the longtime Brave and former Met was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Around the NL East

The plate blocking rule helped the Phillies defeat the Diamondbacks 4-2.

In a rebuttal of a recent Ken Rosenthal editorial, Scott Gelman of Fish Stripes says that the Marlins should not trade Giancarlo Stanton.

On the field, Miami got home runs from Marcell Ozuna and Garrett Jones to beat Houston 4-2.

big third inning boosted the Braves to an 8-3 win over San Diego.

Doug Fister dominated the Reds, and the Nationals won 4-2 to take the weekend series.

Around the Majors

The Braves stole the show at yesterday's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York. Along with Atlanta legends Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine, White Sox slugger Frank Thomas and championship managers Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa were also honored.

The Mets have five players on's revamped Top 100 prospects list.

Despite a dreadful performance at High-A, Houston promoted 2013 first overall draft pick Mark Appel to Double-A on Saturday. When the pitcher was invited to Houston yesterday to throw a bullpen session, the supposed preferential treatment of Appel did not sit well with the Astros' major league players.

Josh Harrison escaped from a rundown yesterday, and this time it wasn't against our Mets.

Matt Kemp has been connected with the Mets in rumors, but right now a deal with New York seems like a long shot. Both Seattle and Boston are in hot pursuit of the outfielder.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer seems to think that David Ortiz's habit of flipping hit bat and milking his home run trot is based in narcissism.

Yesterday at AA

Andrew Gould took a look at Jenrry Mejia and the closer's reliance on his entire arsenal of pitches.

Daniel Stein-Sayles has the numbers to prove that the Mets are hitting for more power at Citi Field than elsewhere this season.

Our overlord wished us all a happy Lobby Day.

On this date in 2011, the Mets somehow acquired Zack Wheeler in exchange for the terrible, unclutch Carlos Beltran.