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Jacob deGrom started, but did not have his best stuff, and he allowed four runs, three of which were earned, over the course of five-and-a-third innings. As has been the case of late, the Mets offense provided the pitching staff with no margin for error. The Mets totaled just five hits, and their only run was scored by deGrom, as they fell to the Cubs by a score of 6-1. Next up, the Mets travel to Los Angeles to face Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers
Despite having stated the contrary, the Mets will revisit the idea of Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list. The 36-year-old left Tuesday's game with an injured knee, and initially said there was "no chance" he would land on the DL.
The Mets were active yesterday on the first day of international free agent signings. They inked Dominican shortstop Gregory Guerrero, the number six international prospect on Baseball America's list and nephew of Vladimir Guerrero, along with Venezuelan shortstop Andres Gimenez, the number two prospect on Baseball America's list. The Mets also dealt minor league pitcher Gaither Bumgardner to the Angels in exchange for more international bonus pool money.
Alex Goot called for accountability with the Wilpons, and assigned the majority of blame for the Mets' woes to them, in a piece for JABO.
Mets minor league catcher Adrian Abreu was handed an 80-game suspension yesterday for the use of Stanozolol. He had been playing for High-A St. Lucie this season.
Around the NL East
The Phillies lost a close one to the Brewers 8-7. They battled back from 4-0 and 7-4 deficits, only to have Luis Garcia surrender the winning run in the 11th inning. In addition, Aaron Harang was placed on the disabled list with plantar fascitis.
The Braves beat the Nationals 2-1. Max Scherzer was typically excellent, but gave up a walk-off single to Cameron Maybin after coming out for the ninth inning. You can read recaps at Federal Baseball and Talking Chop.
Jose Fernandez returned to the Marlins from elbow surgery and lifted them to a 5-4 win over the Giants. He tossed six innings of three-run ball while striking out six and walking none. He also added a home run on the offensive side of things.
Bill Stoneman is taking over as the general manager of the Angels, just a day after the resignation of Jerry Dipoto.
George Springer was placed on the disabled list by the Astros with a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch. He is expected to miss six weeks.
Yesterday at AA
Jeffrey Paternostro discussed the farm system with Paul DePodesta in episode 126 of Amazin' Avenue Audio. Highlights include talk of international signings and the draft.
Chris Gaine put the Mets offensive struggles in historical context. They are currently on pace to score the fewest runs since 1968.
Lukas Vlahos did a statistical analysis of the Mets' offense recently, and he concluded that while it has been largely awful, it has probably under performed.
Steve Schreiber examined whether this team is a product of Omar Minaya, or Sandy Alderson. He concluded that there are plenty of areas to criticize Alderson, but criticizing the lack of young players on the roster acquired by his regime is unfair given the time frame.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1996, Alex Ochoa hit for the cycle, as the Mets went on to defeat the Phillies 10-6.