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Mets Morning News: Yoenis Cespedes plays first base in rehab game

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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

The second half of the season is about to get underway and the Mets will have some decisions to make regarding their future.

The team will have to use the final months of the season as a preparation for 2019.

The first half was an unmitigated disaster with the team receiving poor marks in all areas of the roster.

The Mets as a franchise have reached rock bottom but can look to other teams around the league for guidance as to how to pull themselves back up.

Yoenis Cespedes continued his rehab assignment in Florida but this time he manned first base in the game and hopes to return soon.

Robert Gsellman has had a bit of an up-and-down season but he hopes to build off some recent success as the second half commences.

Amed Rosario finished the first half strong and hopes to be more consistent going forward.

Both Jacob deGrom and Luis Severino have dazzled this city this season and both of their performances rank up there with some other New York greats.

Edgardo Alfonzo’s nephew is a prospect in the Mets’ system and chatted about his journey in the minors.

Around the National League East

With most of the NL East struggling, the Braves should take advantage of their window opening sooner than expected.

Brian Anderson has been a nice surprise for the Marlins this season and has looked good while learning a new position for the team.

Finishing off the first half of the season, the Phillies have their strengths and weaknesses but overall have performed well.

Around Major League Baseball

As has been widely reported, the Orioles officially traded Manny Machado to the Dodgers in return for prospects.

After Commissioner Rob Manfred made some comments questioning the marketability of Mike Trout, the Angels stood up for their superstar.

Brewers’ reliever Josh Hader will not receive a suspension for the ugly tweets that were brought to light during the All-Star Game. Instead he will undergo sensitivity training and will participate in diversity initiatives.

The prolonged cold weather at the start of the season was blamed for the balls not traveling as far as they had been in recent years, but now the weather can not be blamed for the lack of distance that has been seen this year.

The National League MVP race is still up for grabs and a new leader has emerged for now.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio was brought to you by Brian Salvatore, Chris McShane, Steve Sypa, and Allison McCague.

Steve Sypa also took a look at the Minor League Players of the Week.

Thomas Henderson wrote about Brandon Nimmo’s solid first half.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1986, four Mets got into a fight with some police officers outside of a bar in Houston. Rick Aguilera, Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda, and Tim Teufel were all arrested and two were charged with assault.