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The Mets continued their campaign to ensure Jacob deGrom does not win the Cy Young Award by not scoring any runs for him and losing to the Pirates 5-0. He now has a losing record on the season.
We have now reached the point where Mickey Callaway is admitting that the Mets could very well cost deGrom the Cy Young.
In injury update news, Todd Frazier played in a rehab game in St. Lucie.
Noah Syndergaard is also returning to the rotation. He will pitch Wednesday with Steven Matz starting Tuesday’s game.
Jon Heyman reported the positive buzz around Will Toffey, the key piece of the Familia trade. But he also reported that Toffey has been playing through a dislocated shoulder and will likely have surgery before the season is over.
Mickey Callaway said that David Wright is “plugging along,” but “still has a long way to go.”
Zack Wheeler is both candid and pragmatic about his name being brought up in trade talks. “You might as well ask for a bunch if there is not much out there because you also have team control through next season,” Wheeler said. “I am not an elite guy, but I am decent for what is out there right now.”
Despite Amed Rosario’s low on-base percentage, Mickey Callaway has begun batting the young shortstop leadoff, “to see if this might be an option for next year.”
Dave Eiland was Greg Holland’s pitching coach once upon a time in Kansas City. Therefore, Joel Sherman posits, the Mets may be a decent destination for him to try to right the ship after being released by the Cardinals.
Around the National League East
Today in surreal moments: Matt Harvey struck out Asdrubal Cabrera in his first at-bat as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies en route to a 6-2 win over the Phils at Great American Ballpark. Cabrera played shortstop in his Phillies debut and went 0-for-4 at the plate and didn’t get any chances in the field.
The Marlins had a walk-off win against the Nationals in the tenth inning, thanks to a J.T. Realmuto single off Kelvin Herrera. The Nationals were using five men in the infield and Realmuto plopped one down the vacated right field line.
The Marlins are taking a revamped approach to the trading deadline this time around and made it clear they are not willing to deal their players unless it presents some sort of long-term benefit for the team. A potential J.T. Realmuto trade—the Nationals are a suitor—is still being discussed, but is not imminent.
Stephen Strasburg received a scalene block injection in an effort to treat his cervical nerve impingement and was “very happy” with the results.
Around Major League Baseball
Sheryl Ring takes a deep dive into baseball’s rulebook to see what it has to say about pitch framing. Is it technically legal?
Today, six new members will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the largest class since the first Hall of Fame ceremony in 1939.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Kory Powell caught us up on all things Mets prospects in the daily prospect report.
This Date in Mets History
Eric Valent hit for the cycle against the Expos on this date in 2004.