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Mets Morning News: Cabrera and Co. crush Kingham

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Asdrubal Cabrera collected three extra-base hits and four RBI as the Mets gave Steven Matz a Jacob deGrom season’s worth of run support in a 12-6 blowout of Nick Kingham and the Pirates. Amed Rosario, Wilmer Flores, and Jose Bautista each had two-hit days. Matz surrendered a pair of two-run homers, but allowed just three hits and two walks in six innings, earning a win.

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The Mets and Brewers have had discussions of a Zack Wheeler trade. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the righty was party of the nearly consummated 2015 trade that would have sent him and Flores to Milwaukee.

The Post described Wheeler and Cabrera as the two Mets most likely to be dealt before the trade deadline.

Deadspin’s David Roth wondered how much more the Wilpons would have to embarrass themselves, the franchise, and the league before the commissioner steps in.

Noah Syndergaard and Todd Frazier are both expected to return to the lineup shortly.

Around the National League East

Jonny Venters, a key cog in the Braves’ dominant bullpen of the early 2010s, is returning to Atlanta. The Rays traded the lefty for an international signing slot.

The Nationals filleted the Marlins 10-3. Check out recaps from Federal Baseball and Fish Stripes.

Around Major League Baseball

The Cubs bolstered their rotation with the addition of the Rangers’ Cole Hamels. The lefty hasn’t been great this year, but his track record and a team option in 2019 make him an intriguing addition.

The Yankees continue to be aggressive in the trade market, landing J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney.

The Mets don’t have anyone on Eric Stephen’s list of the most untradeable contracts in baseball. We did it, gang.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis argued that the Mets should consider moving Wheeler while the righty is hot.

Linda Surovich wrote up deGrom’s 20th start of the season, the 17th straight start in which he allowed three or fewer runs.

Mets ownership will recoup a substantial portion of Yoenis Cespedes’ salary through insurance, but don’t expect that money to be reinvested in the team.

This Date in Mets History

Gary Carter and Eddie Murray were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Though Carter hoped to enter with a Mets cap, he instead represents the Expos in Cooperstown.