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Mets Morning News: Brandon Nimmo walks it off, Noah Syndergaard close to returning

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Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Brandon Nimmo, the happiest man in baseball, sent everyone home happy with a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the bottom of the tenth to give the Mets the victory. Jacob deGrom was once again brilliant through eight shutout innings, but it was Robert Gsellman who picked up the win and the Mets end up splitting the series with the Phillies.

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Brandon Nimmo’s walk-off home run was the first of his career and it was a good sign for him since he had been struggling.

Jacob deGrom’s minuscule ERA shrunk even lower to put him in the company of some Met greats, but the lack of support has him in some regrettable company was well.

Jose Reyes did manage to draw a walk before Nimmo’s home run, but he still does not deserve a spot on this team especially with a prospect raking in Triple-A

Michael Conforto’s struggles continued but he still feels he is close to turning it around.

It been a long journey for Matt den Dekker, but when he got called up before the game it was déjà vu all over again for the outfielder.

The Mets released Marcos Molina to make room for den Dekker on the 40-man roster.

Devin Mesoraco is looking forward to some time off during the All-Star break.

Yoenis Cespedes continues to rehab in Port St. Lucie and he approached the team about playing first base, but it is unlikely to happen this year.

Noah Syndergaard came through his bullpen session ok and is scheduled to start Friday against the Nationals.

Jason Vargas’s return is a little farther away and he should return sometime after the All-Star break.

Tim Tebow hit an RBI double in his first at-bat in the Eastern League Double-A All-Star Game, and still has his eye on making the majors one day.

Around the National League East

Ozzie Albies helped lead the Braves to victory over the Blue Jays. Freddie Freeman will be participating in this year’s Home Run Derby and will face off against NL East rival Bryce Harper.

Marlins’ reliever Kyle Barraclough could be on the move at the trade deadline, and Boston could make a good trade partner. The Marlins also had a dramatic walk-off win in extra innings.

Vince Velasquez was good on the mound for the Phillies in his return from the disabled list.

The Nationals dropped the final game against the Pirates 2-0.

Around Major League Baseball

The matchups for the Home Run Derby have been set and it is filled with a bunch of newcomers to the contest.

Mariners’ shortstop Jean Segura and Brewers’ first baseman Jesus Aguilar won the final vote and are headed to the All-Star Game.

Over 1,200 players have been used in games so far this season, and a new record will undoubtedly be set by season’s end.

After getting into a disagreement with his manager on the mound, Ken Giles was sent to Triple-A.

A couple of position players had to pitch for the Diamondbacks in their 19-2 loss to the Rockies.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague thinks the Mets should consider re-signing Mesoraco at the end of the year.

Vasilis Drimalitis covered the roster moves.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets were well represented at the 1988 All-Star Game but the National League lost the game 2-1 with Doc Gooden receiving the loss.