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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard set to scintillate

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Meet the Mets

As the July 31 trade deadline approaches, the Bergen Record’s Matt Ehalt estimated the likelihood that each Met on the trading block gets traded.

While he’s pitched in New York for four years, Noah Syndergaard has never made a start at Yankee Stadium. He’ll get the ball there tonight.

The Daily News’ John Harper wondered if Syndergaard could be so dominant in his start that it convinces the Mets’ crosstown rivals to pay the moon for him in a deal.

BP Mets dropped a fairly bleak midseason organizational review. They’re just as perplexed as everyone else is that Jeff McNeil is still in the minors.

The Daily News’ Kristie Ackert released her own midseason report card, focusing on the big club.

Around the National League East

Two actually competitive teams, the Nationals and the Phillies, will open the second half in a pivotal series against one another. Check out series previews from Talking Chop and Federal Baseball.

The Marlins organization is blessed with young offensive talent, but they lack a clear candidate to turn into an ace.

The Good Phight called for the Phillies to target Zach Britton and Seth Lugo ahead of the trade deadline. Please keep your philthy hands off our pitching nerd.

Around Major League Baseball

The Indians reloaded their struggling bullpen, sending prospect Francisco Mejia to the Padres for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber.

The Cubs also bolstered their pen, adding veteran righty Jesse Chavez from the Rangers in exchange for minor league lefty Tyler Thomas.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis covered Yoenis Cespedes’ return to the fold. The outfielder will DH on the road against the Yankees.

Jason Vargas will make his return to the rotation on Tuesday. He hasn’t pitched since he was shelled by the Rockies at Coors Field on June 19.

Not that you need the reminder, but the Mets’ offseason free agent acquisitions have been thoroughly disappointing.

Allison McCague revisited her preseason look at 2018 breakout candidates.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to late Mets owner Nelson Doubleday Jr., who like just about every Mets fan had had enough of Fred Wilpon before selling his stake in the team in 2002.