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Mets Morning News: Mets lose big, Yoenis Cespedes discusses opt-out

The Mets got routed by the Cardinals, but Yoenis Cespedes claimed he might stay in New York.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets lost to the Cardinals 8-1, thus losing ground in the wild card race. Jacob deGrom started, but had far from one of his better nights on the mound, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing five runs. The Mets offense was shut down by Carlos Martinez for eight innings. They finish up their series with the Cardinals tonight.

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Jay Bruce exited last night’s game in the second inning after hitting a bloop double. The injury appears to be minor, being labelled a right calf strain.

Following the loss, the Mets optioned Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas. Sean Gilmartin was recalled to take his place.

In an interview, Yoenis Cespedes was asked if he intended to honor all three years of his contract with the Mets, and responded that he did. However, he later appeared to walk back the statement, saying he has not come to a decision yet.

Jon Niese exited his Tuesday night start after recording just one out, and now he will need knee surgery, likely ending his season. Robert Gsellman will take his place in the rotation.

The ESPN New York Farm Report profiled Binghamton Mets infielder Phillip Evans. The former 15th round draft pick is having a breakout season at Double-A with a .333 batting average.

With the Mets being awful at hitting with runners in scoring position, Beyond the Box Score decided to at teams that have made the playoffs despite being in the bottom five of hitting with runners in scoring position.

Noah Syndergaard was featured in a video on The Players’ Tribune, in which he discussed what he considers some of the best things in the country.

Around the NL East

The Nationals lost to the Orioles 10-8. Tanner Roark was roughed up over five innings, allowing five runs, four of which were earned. Reliever Blake Treinen also allowed five runs, albeit over just 0.2 innings. A ninth inning comeback consisting of Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon home runs ultimately came up just short.

The Braves fell to the Diamondbacks 10-9 in extra innings. Julio Teheran allowed six runs in six innings, but the offense was able to tie the game in the ninth inning with four runs. They ultimately lost on an 11th inning sacrifice fly by Brandon Drury.

After the game, the Braves placed former Mets prospect Rob Whalen on the disabled list. They recalled infielder Brandon Snyder and pitcher Matt Wisler.

The Phillies beat the White Sox 5-3. Jerad Eickhoff pitched well, allowing just two runs over six innings. Cesar Hernandez and Tommy Joseph both hit home runs for Philadelphia.

The Marlins beat the Royals 3-0. Jose Fernandez dominated, striking out nine over seven innings. Christian Yelich drove in two runs for Miami.

The Marlins and Braves were a part of a three-way trade along with the Rangers. Miami acquired Jeff Francouer in the deal. The Braves received minor league shortstop Dylan Moore from Texas.

Around MLB

The Orioles are placing pitcher Chris Tillman on the disabled list. He is experiencing shoulder inflammation, and has received a cortisone shot.

Clayton Kershaw threw a bullpen session and reported feeling fine afterwards. He has not pitched since late June due to a back injury.

The White Sox’ ballpark will be renamed Guaranteed Rate Field. It is currently known as U.S Cellular Field.

Pablo Sandoval has reportedly lost 22 pounds while rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Aside from his shoulder injury, his weight was much discussed at the start of the season.

At The Ringer, Michael Baumann discussed three catchers who are having excellent months of August.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Schreiber analyzed the series of bad decisions that led to a hurt Jon Niese starting Tuesday’s game, and subsequently exiting early.

Timothy Finnegan broke down Robert Gsellman’s major league debut in terms of pitch selection and effectiveness.

This Date in Mets History

In 2009, Johan Santana was shut down due to bone chips in his throwing elbow. He then underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove the chips.