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Mets Morning News: Vargas bludgeoned with barrage of gopher balls, Ramos to opt for surgery

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Meet the Mets

Jason Vargas was roughed up at Coors Field, allowing home runs to three consecutive batters in the third inning, and departing shortly thereafter. The Mets put together eight runs, but it was not enough to win this Rocky Mountain slugfest.

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Tim Britton remarks on Jacob deGrom’s continued dominance, noting that each start begins to take on a more ordinary quality due to the impressive consistency with which deGrom shuts down opposing lineups.

A.J. Ramos is undergoing surgery on his torn labrum, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

Matt Ehalt breaks down Brandon Nimmo’s development as a power hitter.

Andy Martino emphasizes the importance of this next month in the future of the franchise, as it may determine what they do with deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Meanwhile, Matt Cerrone outlines the potential trading partners for the Mets as the deadline draws nearer.

Dave Eiland is strongly opposed to the idea of trading deGrom, according to Kevin Kernan.

Jeurys Familia, on the other hand, is firmly expecting to be traded in the next month and a half, per Kristie Ackert.

Jay Bruce was finally placed on the 10-Day disabled list after dealing with nagging injuries for the better part of 2018. Tim Peterson took his place on the roster.

Mike Lupica warns Mets fans not to blame Mickey Callaway for the team’s recent struggles.

John Delcos of Forbes is citing Brandon Nimmo’s emergence as a sign that the Mets should not have signed Yoenis Cespedes in 2016. Mike Puma writes more about Nimmo’s sudden breakout.

Jeff McNeil’s breakout season has attracted attention from other teams on the trade market.

Around the National League East

Federal Baseball covers the Nationals’ acquisition of Kelvin Herrera. In his Washington debut, Herrera pitched a scoreless inning of relief to help his team take Game 1 of the Beltway Series.

Matt Adams was placed on the disabled list with a broken finger.

John Stolnis at The Good Phight outlines a few trade options to improve the Phillies’ bullpen, and in tonight’s game, they would let yet another lead slip away. GM Matt Klentak has not ruled out the pursuit of rental players at the trade deadline.

Scott Coleman of Talking Chop doesn’t expect the Braves to make a splash at the deadline. Meanwhile, Atlanta took out Toronto behind nine RBIs from the bottom four hitters in their lineup.

After a confrontation with Hunter Strickland in Monday’s game, Marlins’ outfielder Lewis Brinson was hit with a pitch in the first inning on Tuesday, and Dan Straily was ejected for hitting Buster Posey in retaliation. The Giants ultimately reeled in the Fish by a final of 6-3.

On a lighter note, Cut4 provided a sneak peak at the Pitbull bobblehead which will be given away at Marlins park next Friday.

Around Major League Baseball:

Hunter Strickland used the wrong hand to take out his frustrations on a door, and will miss six to eight weeks.

Wilson Ramos brought in Matt Duffy with the game-winning run as the Rays stopped the Astros’ winning streak at twelve.

Pirates reliever Steven Brault, who majored in music performance at Regis University, sang the national anthem before Tuesday’s game.

Joey Votto tried to shoo a bird off the field during Tuesday’s Reds-Tigers game. Two pitches later, he hit a grand slam.

Billy Beane’s days in Oakland may be numbered, according to Susan Slusser.

Over at Fangraphs, Travis Sawchik breaks down the Yankees’ successful player development system vis-à-vis the impressive rise of pitching prospect Jonathan Loaisiga.

Aaron Hicks hit a home run on Tuesday night that got stuck in a rather unlikely place, while the Phillie Phanatic had some fun with John Kruk at Citizens’ Bank Park.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos delivered your daily report from the farm.

Steve Sypa profiled the new Mets’ catching prospect, Hayden Senger, their twenty-fourth selection in the 2018 draft.

On this date in Mets History:

In 2006: Steve Trachsel went deep for the Mets, one of three Mets to go deep in a 9-2 route of the Reds. The home run was one of three in his career, while the win increased the Mets’ lead in the division to 9.5 games.