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Mets Morning News: Snell in a Handbasket

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were shut out by Blake Snell and the Rays 3-0, despite a strong effort from Steven Matz. The Mets put the leadoff man on base seven times in the game, but failed to score a run. Robert Gsellman and Anthony Swarzak continued their recent string of mediocre performances out of the bullpen.

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The Mets are a different team when Yoenis Cespedes is in the lineup. But Mets brass and the press continue to lament his absence and aloof style in dealing with the media.

The Mets appear to once again be going down the road of retooling rather than rebuilding. Joel Sherman believes this amounts to the Mets burying their collective heads in the sand rather than admitting that perhaps this group of players is not a contender.

Dominic Smith seems to be the forgotten man in the Mets’ clubhouse of late. But Mickey Callaway insists that with the impending double-header, Smith will get some at-bats.

John Harper explores some deadline options for the Mets, beyond dealing deGrom or Syndergaard.

Around the National League East

The Nationals certainly gave Max Scherzer some run support today, as they routed the Marlins 18-4. Mark Reynolds went 5-for-5 and drove in 10 runs in the game.

Joel Sherman compares Bryce Harper’s walk year thus far with Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential run (no politix). Harper will surely still get paid a hefty sum by some team, but just how much—previously seemingly a foregone conclusion—is now uncertain.

The Braves won their 50th game behind a strong performance from Anibal Sanchez, as they best the Brewers 5-1.

The Phillies outlasted the Pirates 3-2, as Jake Arrieta earned his first win since May. They remain tied with the Braves for first place in the NL East.

The Phillies seem to have moved past Manny Machado due to the Orioles’ high asking price, but are interested in Royals’ utility man Whit Merrifield.

Meanwhile, the Braves are among the seven teams—along with the Phillies—that have put forth an offer for Machado. However, they are not considered frontrunners at this stage.

Around Major League Baseball

John Harper hands out his MLB midseason awards and snubs Mike Trout for the AL MVP. Notably, Max Scherzer is chosen for the NL Cy Young Award over Jacob deGrom as well.

Robinson Cano spoke to the media for the first time since his suspension, calling it “the hardest thing that I’ve gone through in my life besides the death of my grandpa.”

Anthony Castrovince follows seven difficult Trade Deadline decisions, including how long the Orioles can hold out on a Machado deal.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Kory Powell brought us the daily prospect report.

This Date in Mets History

Bobby Jones and John Stearns both appeared in All-Star games as Mets representatives on this date seventeen years apart.