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Mets Morning News: Wheelin’ and Dealin’

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets once again got off to an early lead, this time off Nationals’ rookie starter Austin Voth. They scored three runs in the first inning and their scoring was capped off by a Michael Conforto three run homer in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 7-0 lead. Meanwhile, Zack Wheeler was brilliant for 7 23 innings and bent, but did not break in the eighth inning, as the bullpen held firm and the Mets went on to a 7-4 victory.

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Part of the key to Zack Wheeler’s recent success? Learning from one of the best pitchers in the game, who happens to be his teammate.

If the Mets intend to contend next year, John Harper sees little point in trading Wheeler, who is having a breakout year and has been the center of trade rumors lately.

Meanwhile, it’s looking more and more likely that the Mets will not move their top of the rotation starters at the deadline and MLB executives are (anonymously, of course) voicing their opinions about that.

For his part, Jeurys Familia made it clear that he does not want to be traded.

Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler has been seeing encouraging signs from Michael Conforto lately and his three-run homer yesterday was proof that perhaps he may be finally breaking out after all.

Speaking of hitters making adjustments, Amed Rosario has been tinkering with his swing and it seems to be paying dividends.

Yoenis Cespedes is moving forward with his rehab and there is a chance we may see him as the DH in the Bronx next weekend.

Even after not being signed to start the season and being released by the Braves after a short and unproductive stint, Jose Bautista wasn’t ready to count himself out yet. And based on his time with the Mets, it seems like he was right.

Being a Mets fan has to involve having a sense of humor. And the SNY booth in Gary, Keith, and Ron has it in spades. They provide an escape during seasons of mediocrity such as this one.

Peter Alonso will represent the Mets organization in today’s MLB Future’s Game in Washington D.C.

Around the National League East

The Marlins shut out the Phillies 2-0, despite the Phillies having their ace Aaron Nola on the mound. Trevor Richards out-dueled Nola, pitching six shutout innings.

Manny Machado trade talks are heating up and the Phillies are among the finalists, along with the Brewers.

The Braves were also shut out yesterday by a score of 3-0, but they were shut out by a more well established pitcher in All-Star Zack Greinke.

Around Major League Baseball

Corey Kluber will not pitch in the All-Star Game, due to a knee injury. He was replaced on the roster by Blake Snell, who many felt was snubbed by not getting a spot originally.

The Cardinals have fired manager Mike Matheny, as well as hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller. Bench coach Mike Shildt will serve as interim manager. The Cardinals have recently been the subject of talk in the media about their clubhouse culture.

Anthony Castrovince highlights the best trade deadline targets with team control beyond this season. Mets starters—deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, and Wheeler—represent his top four.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Mickey Callaway provided an update on Yoenis Cespedes and other news items in a press conference.

Kory Powell gave us the daily prospect report, in which Las Vegas had a lopsided victory.

This Date in Mets History

On July 15, 1991, Ron Darling was traded to the Montreal Expos for relief pitcher Tim Burke. The Mets also sent three representatives—Jon Matlack, Tug McGraw, and Tom Seaver—to the 46th All-Star Game on this date in 1975.