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Well, it can’t get much worse than that. The Mets limped out of the subway series after getting swept by the Yankees in the four-game, two-borough series. Starter Steven Matz continued to flounder on the mound, and a 9th inning Curtis Granderson slam was too little, too late. It’s back to the drawing board with the Marlins coming to town for a 3-game set.
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He was supposed to be a key cog in the super rotation, but Matz’s prolonged struggles may have the Mets adjusting their expectations of him.
It was another day of roster shuffling, as Jose Reyes went on the disabled list and two infielders got called up.
A good stretch of play could maximize his value, and the Mets are reportedly trying to shop Granderson around.
Mets All-Star Michael Conforto was an unfortunate no show in his so-called showdown with Yankee phenom Aaron Judge.
If you didn’t know before, these four games make it pretty clear the Yankees are back atop the New York baseball totem pole. The team’s Twitter account is rubbing it in too with a Game of Thrones reference (they did scorch the Mets like dragon fire, so I guess it’s fair).
It’s up to Chris Flexen to try and get the Mets back on track, and he’ll have to do so while keeping Met killer Giancarlo Stanton in the ballpark.
Around the NL East
Speaking of Giancarlo and the Marlins, they had the day off before their weekend trip to Citi Field. Off-field news made some headlines though, as the team’s new owners have determined they won’t keep president David Samson (the home run sculpture gets to stay though.
The Phillies lost to the Giants out in San Francisco, and The Good Phight is dispelling the rumors that Stanton could wind up with them.
The Nationals got a 2-1 win in San Diego against the Padres, while their owner made public the unfortunate news that he had his leg amputated in an ongoing cancer battle.
The Braves slugged their way to a win in Colorado against the Rockies. Fans should also be happy with the current state of the farm system.
Around the Majors
Following the footsteps of many others over the past week, Red Sox owner John Henry is calling for a name change of a Boston street honoring the team’s notoriously racist owner of the past.
Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the idea of an automated strike zone.
The Cubs managed to hit six home runs and still lose to the Reds. Cincinnati also blew a nine-run lead and managed to win.
Staying the NL Central, the rescue shelter responsible for the Cardinals Rally Cat says it’s not giving up the little guy just yet.
Comfortably past 3,000 hits, it’s nice to see Adrian Beltre still does delightfully silly things on a baseball field.
This Date in Mets History
Today’s the 15-year anniversary of Tommy Agee’s enshrinement in the Mets Hall of Fame. He was an integral part of the 1969 World Series winner and stayed active in the Queens community following his retirement.