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The Mets fell to the Diamondbacks 3-2 for their ninth loss in 11 games. Adding injury to insult, Michael Conforto left the game with a shoulder injury and could be out for the season (more on this later). Yoenis Cespedes was an offensive bright spot, hitting 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and two walks. Robbie Ray struck out nine Mets in five innings, surrendering one run in his first game since taking a line drive off the head.
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Before losing the game and Conforto, the Mets announced they’d be shutting Zack Wheeler down for the remainder of the season.
Jeurys Familia is back from the DL, but with A.J. Ramos on a roll (since a rough Mets debut, he’s posted an ERA of 2.25 and held opponents to a .111 batting average), will the Mets give Familia his closing job back?
According to FanRag Sports, Terry Collins won’t be the Mets’ manager next season.
The Mets explained some of the nicknames they’ll be rocking on their jerseys for Players Weekend.
Speaking of nicknames, Dom Smith has already collected three from teammates in his short time in the majors: Big Diesel, Big Ticket, and, in a nod to Frank Thomas, Medium Hurt.
Around the NL East
Much like the Mets, the Braves will spend the remainder of the season evaluating its roster and how players fit into the team’s future.
Despite yet another Rhys Hoskins home run, the Marlins managed to edge the Phillies 9-8 on Thursday behind huge days from Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna. Check out recaps from Fish Stripes and the Good Phight.
A pair of aces from Texas went at it on Thursday when the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg took on the Astros and Dallas Keuchel. After fine performances from each, the Nats won in 11 innings, 5-4.
Around the Majors
Three fights broke out between the Yankees and the Tigers on Thursday. With real-life punches and everything.
The Dodgers won for the 90th time in just their 126th try, the fastest they’ve reached that plateau in franchise history. The Astros have baseball’s second-most victories, with 77.
Speaking of the Dodgers, Grant Brisbee wrote about Rich Hill’s heartbreaking nearly perfect game.
Yesterday at AA
As promised, here’s more on Conforto’s shoulder injury.
This Date in Mets History
In 2009, the Mets traded closer Billy Wagner to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Chris “the Animal” Carter and Eddie Lora.