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Zack Wheeler struck out 10 Cubs last night and remains unbeaten since June 25th. Eric Campbell's home run led to the Mets victory but the 27 year old's overall lack of power is keeping him from an everyday role.
Catcher Travis d'Arnaud has exhibited plenty of power since his recall and the Mets believe their young catcher is the real deal. The organization is also happy with their return so far on Curtis Granderson. Despite his own slow start and mistakes in the field, Wilmer Flores believes in himself and has taken some advice from Bobby Abreu to heart.
Jacob deGrom's timetable to return to the mound has slowed a little, though the righty isn't questioning it. Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka is rehabbing and will return as either a starter or reliever depending on the status of deGrom and Rafael Montero.
With the Cubs visiting Citi Field, are the Mets looking at some of their future players? The future may or may not include a pair of current Rockies stars, as the injuries to Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to appear to be very poorly timed.
Toby Hyde wrote about Dominic Smith's lack of power so far in Savannah and how it's not really Grayson Stadium that appears to be hurting it. 2014 first rounder Michael Conforto is tearing it up in Brooklyn.
Chris Young is now officially an ex-Met as the team released him yesterday.
The Mets took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge yesterday as a team.
Around the NL East
The Braves beat up on the A's, winning 7-2 over the AL West leaders. The Nationals picked up their 4th straight win, beating the Pirates 5-4. The Marlins fell to the Diamondbacks 3-2 and the Phillies and Giants played late into the night in San Francisco.
Around the Majors
Masahiro Tanaka is set to make his return to the mound today as he looks to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is headed to the disabled list with a strained glute. Any interest in Bartolo?
Did You Know: Babe Ruth was not only well known for hitting home runs but he also helped doctors pioneer the modern day treatment for cancer.
Mo'Ne Davis became the first girl to throw a Little League shutout. Congrats, Mo'Ne!
Joe Posnanski ranked all 30 MLB ballparks.
Yesterday At AA
Maybe the Mets should trade some of their young pitching for hitting.
Jon Niese's shoulder has been barking. Should he reconsider having shoulder surgery?
Lucas Duda is transforming into a lineup stalwart right in front of our eyes.
Sandy Alderson and Theo Epstein have gone about rebuilding their teams in different ways.
Episode 81 of the Amazin' Avenue Audio Podcast is available to listen to right now.
Mark McGwire took on the Mets as Matthew Callan's look back at the 1999 Mets continues.
Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets series with the Cubs.
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