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Well, it was a Sunday, so that means another brutal Mets loss. Seth Lugo gave up two very long home runs to Nelson Cruz and Leonys Martin early on, and with Mariners starter James Paxton dealing, the offense never had a chance to catch up.
AJ Ramos made his Mets’ debut and gave up a couple of runs but the game was already well out of hand.
The Mets have the day off as they await who will still be with the team for the series opener against Colorado on Tuesday.
To make room for Ramos, Josh Edgin was designated for assignment.
Jose Reyes was hit on the arm with a pitch and was forced from the game, but the X-rays came back negative.
Asdrubal Cabrera replaced Reyes in the game, but could find himself elsewhere come Tuesday.
The realization of a lost season has finally sunk in for Terry Collins and he knows the pitching is behind what went wrong.
Around the NL East
R.A. Dickey pitched well but the Braves lost to the lowly Phillies. The architect of the powerhouse Braves teams of the 90s, former GM John Schuerholz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The Phillies managed to win four games in a row with another walk-off win against the Braves.
Around the Majors
The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held in Cooperstown, NY and it had been a long wait for some of the inductees.
Adrian Beltre recorded his 3,000th hit which was an incredible feat for the tough third baseman.
A flurry of trades went down on the eve of the deadline. In a surprise move the Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers. Jaime Garcia was traded for the second time this month, this time he was sent to the Yankees from the Twins, and the Royals traded for outfielder Melky Cabrera. The Cubs reportedly traded with the Tigers for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila.
There are still many rumors surrounding other players that could be on the move before the 4:00 deadline hits.
Yesterday at AA
This Date in Mets History
When the sun rose on July 31, 2015 nobody knew just how momentous that day would become for the franchise. Mere minutes before the trade deadline passed, the Mets traded prospect Michael Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
That night the Mets welcomed the first place Nationals to town, and “Wilmer Flores night at Citi Field” came to a fitting conclusion when Wilmer hit a walk-off home run in the twelfth inning to give the Mets the win. Of course the momentum from that victory, in addition to Cespedes’s torrid offense, would carry the Mets to the division title and the World Series.
The 2006 team was forced to make some changes on this date as well. Duaner Sanchez had an ill-fated cab ride which forced GM Omar Minaya to make a move at the deadline. He traded Xavier Nady to the Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez. Oliver Perez of course goes on to start Game 7 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, but Adam Wainwright prevented a trip to the World Series.