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The Mets did a complete 180 from their series in Los Angeles by finishing off a sweep in San Francisco. Rafael Montero pitched pretty well on the mound and the offense was home run happy with Rene Rivera leading the charge. He went deep twice and both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson also left the park. Granderson literally left the park when his ball splashed down in McCovey Cove.
No win is ever easy for this team, and this time the concern was for Michael Conforto when he had to leave the game after he was hit on the wrist with a pitch.
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Despite playing well against the hapless Giants, the Mets are still a deeply flawed team that has a long way to go.
Rafael Montero looked much better on the mound and was able to throw strikes against the Giants’ batters.
Michael Conforto’s exit from the game was a scary moment for the Mets, but it appears they avoided the worst-case scenario.
Zack Wheeler is also on the mend and is tentatively scheduled to pitch Friday against the Phillies. If the Mets are to climb back into the playoff race they will need a healthy Zack Wheeler.
Robert Gsellman is another pitcher that is in need of a turnaround and he will get his chance against the Marlins on Tuesday.
Jacob deGrom did turn his season around and got some help from John Smoltz to get him back on track.
The Yankees have a hole at the first base position and Lucas Duda could possiblly fill that hole.
The Mets might need to go through a minor retooling instead of a major rebuild in order to compete in the near future.
There are plenty of needs Sandy Alderson can address at the trade deadline.
Tim Tebow received a promotion to the St. Lucie Mets.
There are plenty of managerial candidates out there for the Mets to choose from next season.
Around the NL East
Julio Teheran struggled against the Brewers, and the Braves were unable to complete the sweep of Milwaukee.
Giancarlo Stanton will attempt to defend his Home Run Derby crown in his home ballpark. The Marlins ended up with a series split against the Cubs with Sunday’s 4-2 victory.
The Phillies lost again to the Diamondbacks but at least they weren’t blown out. Maikel Franco may be available at the trade deadline.
Keith Hernandez might have some choice words again for Tanner Roark’s latest pitching performance for the Nationals.
Around the Majors
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel will not return from the disabled list until after the All-Star break.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen issued his first walk of the season in a strange, blowout win against the Rockies.
Plenty of players could be on the move at the trade deadline.
The Twins climbed back on top of the AL Central after they finished a sweep of the Indians.
The Cubs’ young stars that were so good last year have been unable to replicate that production so far this season.
Yesterday at AA
Robert Wolff covered Tim Tebow’s promotion to High-A St. Lucie.
This Date in Mets History
Rusty Staub tied the record for most consecutive pinch hits on this date in 1983. It was his eighth straight pinch hit which came in an 8-4 loss against the Phillies.