Meet the Mets
Nathan Eovaldi easily shut down the Mets and looked like he was well on his way to pitching a perfect game. Brandon Nimmo eventually broke it up with one of the two hits the Mets collected all day. Unsurprisingly the Mets’ pitching was the complete opposite of Eovaldi. Chris Flexen, Chris Beck, and Paul Sewald all struggled which led to a 9-0 blowout loss and a dropped series to the Rays.
Chris Flexen was not sharp on the mound and showed the lack of depth the organization has with their pitchers.
The team was bad in pretty much every area in the listless finale against the Rays.
The Mets were shut out in back-to-back games which seems to be a new low for this team.
Noah Syndergaard made a rehab start in Brooklyn and felt good in his seven innings on the mound.
Jason Vargas is set to make his his rehab start for Brooklyn and could be back soon.
Jeff McNeil is in the midst of a breakout season this year and has an unconventional background which has led him to this point.
Around the National League East
Sean Newcomb struggled on the mound for the Braves in their loss to the Brewers. Atlanta will be well represented at the All-Star game. Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis will start for the National League while Mike Foltynewicz and Ozzie Albies will be on the roster as reserves.
The Marlins finally broke their losing streak against the Nationals with a 10-2 win. J.T. Realmuto will be Miami’s representative at the All-Star Game. A former Marlins employee that was laid off by the new ownership, needs help paying for his medical bills.
The Phillies dropped the series finale against the Pirates 4-1. Aaron Nola will be Philadelphia’s representative in D.C. later this month. Enyel De Los Santos will reportedly start Tuesday and make his major league debut against the Mets.
The Nationals failed to complete the sweep of the Marlins. Dave Martinez manager criticized his catcher for flipping his bat on a home run. Washington will be hosting this year’s All-Star Game and will have Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, and Sean Doolittle representing them.
Around Major League Baseball
Brandon Nimmo is not on the ballot for the final players to be voted to the Midsummer Classic, but there are a few others that are deserving of the honor.
Shin-Soo Choo set a new Rangers record when he reached base for the 47th consecutive game.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Brian Salvatore and Chris McShane brought to us the lastest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio.
This Date in Mets History
Tom Seaver was brilliant on this date in 1969. Seaver took a perfect game into the ninth inning but it was ended on a single by Jimmy Qualls. Seaver ended the game with 11 strikeouts and an important win against the first place Cubs.
Jacob deGrom will play in the All-Star Game on July 17, but on this date in 1968 it was Jerry Koosman who stood out for the Mets who nailed down a 1-0 victory for the National League.