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Mets Morning News: The Mets’ first half ends with a whimper, All-Star festivities begin

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

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Meet the Mets

It was a lather, rinse, repeat performance for the Mets on Sunday. The bats again sputtered against Cardinal pitching, but this time it was Lance Lynn that breezed through the Mets’ lineup. Steven Matz had a tough start on the mound, and Paul DeJong continued his torrid hitting when he added another home run to his already impressive numbers this series. The game was a fitting end to an underwhelming first half.

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The first half came to a close with a frustrating, lifeless loss, and if the Mets are going to turn it around they will need Yoenis Cespedes to start hitting.

Steven Matz did not have it on the mound against the Cardinals, but he had been solid up to that start.

Michael Conforto returned to the lineup and will now head to Miami as the Mets’ lone All-Star which is quite a turnaround considering the plan in spring training.

Amed Rosario appeared in the Futures Game and believes he is ready for whenever he gets the call to the majors.

Prospect Tomas Nido also played in the Futures Game and did well in his two plate appearances.

The Mets open up the second half against the Rockies and Jacob deGrom will be on the hill for the series opener.

Both Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey could resume throwing shortly after the All-Star break but there is still no timetable for their return.

Despite Addison Reed’s successful season, there might not be much of a market for him as the trade deadline approaches.

Around the NL East

The Braves closed their first half of the season with a loss to the Nationals.

The Marlins finished on a high note and completed a sweep of the Giants. The Yankees are interested in trading for Justin Bour.

After not getting much offense in the previous game, the Phillies bats unloaded against the Padres.

The Nationals defeated the Braves but pitcher Joe Ross exited the game early with some triceps tenderness.

Around the Majors

The United States defeated Team World in the Futures Game. The game was loaded with exciting, young talent and MLB should do a better job of promoting it.

The Home Run Derby will take place tonight and feature some hard-hitting sluggers.

Rockies’ rookie starter Kyle Freeland took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning against the White Sox.

The Houston Astros closed their incredible first half with an absolute thrashing of the Blue Jays.

Mariners’ bullpen coach Mike Hampton suddenly resigned after their victory over the A’s.

Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw won his 14th game to lead the majors.

This Date in Mets History

In 2007 the Mets had quite a few representatives in the All-Star Game. David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran went 5-for-10 at the plate, but Billy Wagner doomed the National League when he gave up a two-run home run to Victor Martinez.

In 1999, the Mets pulled out a memorable win against one of the most dominant closers in the game. With two outs in the ninth, pinch-hitter Matt Franco hit a walk-off single against Mariano Rivera to give the Mets a 9-8 win over the Yankees.