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The Mets’ offense exploded for sixteen runs in the final game in Baltimore. Brandon Nimmo and Todd Frazier were the offensive standouts, but Kevin Plawecki had the biggest blow when he hit a grand slam to put the exclamation point on a nine-run inning. Zack Wheeler was not at his best but he never completely fell apart and the Mets walked away with an easy win.
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Michael Conforto was the only Met without a hit until he picked one up late, but overall he has looked much better as of late.
Kevin Plawecki had a big hit in this game but the Mets’ catching situation still appears cloudy moving forward.
The Mets are now heading to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies but they will also stop in Williamsport to play in the Little League Classic. Todd Frazier is excited to meet all of the little leaguers that will be participating in the Little League World Series.
The Mets are expected to interview two members of the Blue Jays’ front office during their search for a new general manager.
Jarred Kelenic was the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft and he can offer a glimpse of the Mets’ future (paywall alert).
Reliever Tyler Bashlor has looked good coming out of the bullpen so far since his call-up.
Both Jay Bruce and David Wright played in a rehab game in St. Lucie and it is still one step at a time for the captain.
There was some ugliness during the Braves and Marlins game when Jose Urena hit Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch to start the game. Acuna had been raging hot at the plate but Keith Hernandez stated that Urena was in the right in that situation.
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The Braves were able to complete the sweep of the Marlins but the good news came after the game when X-rays came back negative on Acuna’s elbow.
Derek Jeter is leading an effort within the Marlins organization to have English-speakers learn Spanish as well as offering English lessons to Spanish-speakers in the minor leagues.
Wilson Ramos made his debut for the Phillies and helped lead the team to a victory over the Red Sox.
The Nationals remain in free fall and dropped their fourth straight game with a 4-2 loss against the Cardinals.
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Adam Jones had a chance to leave Baltimore but there are things that are more important than winning to the outfielder.
Mike Trout was away from the team after his brother-in-law passed away at the age of 24.
The Mariners placed James Paxton on the DL after he was struck on the arm by a line drive.
Matt Carpenter has also been been on a tear recently but he too was hit by a pitch in his game.
Cole Hamels came to the Cubs after a trade with the Rangers and so far it has worked out well for Chicago.
This could be the first year in baseball’s history that could feature more strikeouts than hits and it has many alarmed about this potential trend.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Robert Wolff wrote about how some Mets prospects were the standouts in the New York-Penn All-Star Game.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets lost this year by a final score of 25-4, but in 1987 they were the ones who put on an offensive display against the Cubs. They won by a final score of 23-10 with Darryl Strawberry leading the charge.