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Yoenis Cespedes has become one of the most feared hitters in the major leagues thanks to a revamped approach. This includes shrinking his strike zone from the "Cuban zone," which has led to fewer swings at balls out of the zone.
Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom signed a joint endorsement deal with Axe Hair.
Opening the series on the mound for Los Angeles will be Jose Urias, a left-handed, 19-year-old phenom that has a 27-inning scoreless streak in Triple-A.
Mike Vorkunov wrote that the pipeline of young Mets talent has run dry, and that's been exposed by the team's sudden need to replace the injured Lucas Duda at first and the struggles of Matt Harvey.
Around the NL East
Around Major League Baseball
Back to Boston, FanGraphs' Jeff Sullivan examined how shortstop Xander Bogaerts is putting together an elite season.
Also at Fangraphs, Eric Longenhagen wrote up a scouting report for Urias in advance of his big league debut.
Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue
In the Week 7 edition of TWISNY: Keith gives fashion advice, Gary and Keith like eating together, and the booth is ready to break out the polos.
Ketul Shah wondered when Lucas Duda will return.
On Amazin' Avenue Audio, Brian and Chris answered emails before getting into the important stuff: ranking Taco Bell's new restaurant designs with Ted Berg.
This Date in Mets History
In 2010, the Mets blanked the Phillies for a third consecutive game, the first time the team recorded three consecutive shutouts since Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, and two relievers held Philadelphia scoreless for 27 straight innings in 1969. Mike Pelfrey was the star in 2010, surrendering three hits in seven innings.
It's also Terry Collins' birthday. He turns 67.