Meet the Mets
Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a quality start, but it was one of his worst starts of the season, which says something about how brilliant he has been this year. Clayton Kershaw matched deGrom in his return from the disabled list. Jose Bautista hit his second home run in as many days, but once again the Mets fell to the Dodgers, this time by a score of 8-3. The death knell came in the form of a Matt Kemp grand slam in the eighth off Robert Gsellman.
John Harper tells Mets fans what they already know: that the Mets don’t deserve Jacob deGrom. And despite the Mets dropping further and further out of contention, pitching coach Dave Eiland says that the Mets won’t “tweak the schedule just to make sure he can pitch” in the All-Star Game.
Even still, Harper says the Mets should not trade deGrom and could perhaps do a rebuild on the fly by trading Noah Syndergaard instead.
Of course, though, the asking price is going to be quite high for either pitcher and the likelihood that they are traded remains low.
The Mets have placed Jason Vargas on the disabled list with a strained calf. Chris Flexen will take his place on the roster, but not necessarily to start today’s game.
Around the National League East
The Phillies are having a strong month of June and now find themselves in second place in the NL East.
Meanwhile, Thomas Boswell preaches the need for resilience on the part of the Nationals as they ride out this tough stretch—a lesson they should learn from the champion Washington Capitals.
Around Major League Baseball
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1975, Jerry Koosman won his 100th game.