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Steven Matz’s rough stretch continued right from the start against the Padres. Manuel Margot started the scoring with a two-run home run in the first, and the Padres never looked back. Matz was hammered in three innings of work and has not looked sharp since the All-Star break.
Wilmer Flores hit a home run late to cut into the Padres’ lead, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Matz’s fumble.
The Mets look to take the series tonight when Chris Flexen makes his major league debut on the mound.
Matz had yet another tough outing and he is left wondering how to fix the problem.
When Chris Flexen takes the mound against the Padres, he will be the first pitcher since Mike Pelfrey to make the jump from Double-A to the majors.
With the calendar about to flip to August, Amed Rosario’s debut might not be too far behind Flexen’s.
There have been some noteworthy debuts in Mets history that stand out for a variety of reasons.
The trade deadline is just days away and Lucas Duda’s long tenure with the club might be coming to an end.
The Mets have pieces they would like to trade before the deadline passes, but will the market cooperate?
With a lukewarm market, Addison Reed could be offered in a package deal in order to get a greater return.
Jay Bruce is just one of the trade pieces that hasn’t garnered much interest around the league.
Neil Walker continued his rehab in Las Vegas as their third baseman.
Despite Tim Tebow’s hot streak in Port St. Lucie, he hasn’t done enough to earn a September call-up with the big league team.
Around the NL East
The Marlins placed reliever Kyle Barraclough on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement. Miami did not help Yu Darvish’s trade value when they jumped all over the Texas starter in a 22-10 victory.
The Nationals unveiled the logo for the 2018 All-Star Game and the reactions were mixed. Just days after Dusty Baker was hopeful Stephen Strasburg would make his next start, Strasburg will instead head to the DL and prospect Erick Fedde will make the start in his place. The Nationals on the field defeated the Brewers 8-5.
Around the Majors
The Astros will get their ace back on Friday when Dallas Keuchel returns from the DL.
Zach Britton’s injuries have tempered the market on the once-dominant closer.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said that the team is not prepared to overpay for starting pitching.
Jose Canseco might have company in the ball-bouncing-off-head department. Minor leaguer Zach Borenstein might have helped a home run with his noggin in a game with the Reno Aces.
Yesterday at AA
This Date in Mets History
Gary Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 2003. Despite his desire to be inducted as a Met, his plaque features the logo of the Montreal Expos.