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Mets Afternoon News: Bats go cold against Adam Wainwright

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Adam Wainwright shut down the Mets for over six innings. Jay Bruce hit a home run in the seventh but overall the offense sputtered all afternoon. Paul DeJong had four extra-base hits against Met pitching and lead the charge to a Cardinals win.

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Zack Wheeler was not dominant but it was still an encouraging start for the righty.

There was a bit of a scare when Brandon Nimmo was placed on the DL with a partially collapsed lung before the game.

With Nimmo on the DL, the Mets activated Michael Conforto although he did not appear in last night’s game.

Yoenis Cespedes had another tough day at the plate and is not offering any explanations about his struggles.

Fernando Salas is another struggling Met who is simply not getting it done as the first half comes to a close.

It might be time for the Mets to realize this is not their year and they should turn an eye to the future of the team which could look vastly different than this year’s team.

The Mets did look to their past when they wanted to re-sign Bartolo Colon for this season and were shocked when he went elsewhere.

Should the Mets be open to trading their ace when it comes to rebuilding this team?

Amed Rosario will definitely be part of the Mets’ future and will be participating in today’s Futures Game.

Hope springs eternal. Sure the standings look bad now but there are ways for the Mets to jump back into the playoff picture.

Around the NL East

The Braves pounded Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals 13-0.

Chris O’ Grady made his major league debut for the Marlins and was solid on the mound in a 5-4 win.

Despite getting a solid pitching performance from Aaron Nola, the Phillies lost a close one to the Padres.

The Nationals were shut out for the first time this season in the blowout loss to the Braves.

Around the Majors

The Futures Game will be played at Marlins Park this afternoon and will offer a glimpse of prospects who will soon be in the majors.

The Futures Game is just the beginning of the festivities for All-Star Week.

Clint Frazier, the Yankees’ young outfielder, provided a spark when he hit a walk-off home run against the Brewers.

The Rockies are still stuck in neutral and fell to the White Sox 5-4.

The Dodgers and Nationals are interested in acquiring Tigers’ reliever Justin Wilson.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro took a look at how the predictions are holding up at the halfway point of the season.

This Date in Mets History

In 1969 the Mets were making a push to the playoffs, and on this date Tom Seaver made a statement against the Cubs when he threw a masterful one-hitter against the first-place team.