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Mets Morning News: Mets limp into the All-Star break

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Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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The Mets dropped the third game in a row to the Nationals by a final score of 3-2. Steven Matz was solid but not dominant and Daniel Murphy once again devoured his old team with a two-run home run. Jose Reyes hit two solo shots of his own but it wasn’t enough as the Mets end the first half on a down note. The Mets can now look to rest and regroup during the All-Star break.

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Steven Matz might not be bothered by the bone spur in his elbow, but he has been hurt by the long ball recently.

Jose Reyes proved he has some pop in his bat over the weekend, and he believes he can get better after the All-Star break. However, he is still a polarizing figure no matter how he performs on the field.

With Reyes’s two home runs on Sunday, the Mets set a franchise record for the number of home runs hit in the first half.

The Mets as a whole are not down on themselves and are looking to pick it up when the season starts again after the break.

Injuries contributed to a tumultuous first half of the season, yet despite that the Mets still hold a playoff spot as the season reaches the halfway point.

Matt Harvey was one player the Mets lost to an injury and there are some options they can look at acquiring to replace him.

When the second half gets going, Jacob deGrom will be on the hill for the Mets when they take on the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Michael Conforto seems to have regained his swing in Triple-A, which could mean Brandon Nimmo’s days with the big league club might be numbered.

Both Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo participated in last year’s Futures Game. This year it was Dilson Herrera, Amed Rosario, and Dominic Smith that were able to take part in the game.

Around the NL East

Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves shut down the White Sox with a 2-0 victory.

Giancarlo Stanton blasted another home run to help the Marlins complete the sweep of the Reds in a 7-3 win.

The Phillies finished their rocky first half on a positive note when they blasted the Rockies 10-3.

The Federal Baseball recap of the final game of the series against can be found here.

Around the Majors

The Cubs snapped a five-game losing streak when they defeated the Pirates 6-5.

Zack Greinke may not return immediately after the All-Star break.

Greinke’s former teammate Clayton Kershaw is also working back from injury and is aiming to return toward the end of the month.

The All-Star festivities kicked off with the Futures Game and some prospects stood out more than others.

Should other skills be put on display during the All-Star break?

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa kept track of all the action in the minors with the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets sent six players to the 2006 All-Star game, which was a team record. In his first-ever All-Star at-bat, David Wright hit a home run, one day after almost winning the Home Run Derby.