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Mets Morning News: The pitchers duel that wasn’t, Piazza’s moment of glory

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

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Meet the Mets

In Saturday night’s highly anticipated matchup between young aces, Jacob deGrom failed to deliver. deGrom didn’t last four innings, while Miami’s Jose Fernandez was more than good enough. The Mets’ offense didn’t put up much of a fight en route to a 7-2 loss.

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The big takeaway from the game was deGrom’s lackluster performance. It was one of his worst starts of the season, and a nonexistent fastball caused him a lot of trouble.

The Mets also gave Michael Conforto his first dose of playing in center field.

Mets legend Mike Piazza will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame today, and he took a very different path to get there than his counterpart, fellow inductee Ken Griffy Jr., did.

First baseman Lucas Duda is slowly working his way back to the lineup.

The trade deadline is coming up, and there’s a lot of speculation about what the Mets might do.

Around the NL East

From a Marlins fan’s perspective, Saturday night was a vintage Jose Fernandez performance on the mound and at the plate.

A walk-off triple from Stephen Drew got the Nationals a win against the Padres.

Atlanta pitchers gave up two home runs to Trevor Story on their way to a loss.

The Phillies lost Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but got good news regarding their third baseman’s wrist.

Around the Majors

It has to go down as one of the year’s strangest baseball stories. White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start against the Tigers after he railed against his team’s uniforms.

The incident has only added to rumors that Chicago might send Sale away at the trade deadline.

Aroldis Chapman is another lefty stud reportedly on his way out.

A Baltimore Oriole became the first guy to hit 30 home runs this season, and he probably wasn’t the man you would have guessed at the start of the year.

With induction weekend here, the Hall of Fame has announced some major changes to its Veterans’ Committees.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Eric Goodman provided an update on Zack Wheeler’s progress.

Joe Sokolowski gave you the best of the week in Mets quotes.

Jonathan Maseng reports the Mets could soon have a new neighbor.

Linda Surovich has details on the Mike Piazza weekend coming to Citi Field next week.

I took a closer look at the numbers behind Jeurys Familia’s remarkable saves streak.

This Date in Mets History

July 24 is a tale of two extra-inning games against the Dodgers. One went the Mets’ way thanks to Tommy Agee stealing home. The other featured a walk-off walk from Anthony Young and some literal fireworks after the game.