Meet the Mets
The All-Star break continues for one more day, as the Mets wait to begin their second half schedule Friday in St. Louis.
Travis d'Arnaud is progressing in his recovery from an elbow injury. He is reportedly "moving closer to rehab games," but his return is "not imminent."
The Mets made three transactions at the Double-A level. Aderlin Rodriguez, Dustin Lawley, and Eudy Pina were all released.
Andy Martino wrote that despite Jacob deGrom's recent success, Matt Harvey is still the staff ace. He explained that the distinction is not a slight against deGrom, but an acknowledgement of Harvey's elite status in baseball.
After immersing himself in both fanbases, Florida born reporter Kevin Clark has declared himself a Mets fan. Of note, he enjoyed the community aspect of being a Mets fan, sharing stories of other fans approaching him to discuss the team just because he was wearing a Mets hat.
Around the NL East
Freddie Freeman will not return immediately after the All-Star break as was previously expected. He has been dealing with a wrist injury for the past month.
At Grantland, Rany Jazayerli detailed the process in which Padres general manager A.J. Preller gutted the team in an unbelievably short amount of time. He noted that the failures not only included acquiring major leaguers who have performed poorly, but also involved giving up a sizable group of promising prospects.
At The Hardball Times, Jacob Linden examined the meaning of the phrase "there's no cheering in the press box." He concluded that today's journalists have shifted more towards the ideal of journalistic integrity through avoiding being partial to the teams they cover.
Yesterday at AA
Chris McShane reviewed the excellent performance to date of the Mets bullpen this season. What was once a question mark for the team, has undoubtedly been a major strength.
Steve Sypa profiled Cuban free agent outfielder Guillermo Heredia. The 24-year-old is known for being an excellent defender, but has question marks surrounding his bat.
Francisco Bernard looked at the choices for the Mets' Franchise Four of Mike Piazza, Tom Seaver, David Wright, and Keith Hernandez. He also handed out first half awards for the Mets with Jacob deGrom taking home team MVP.