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Zack Wheeler got a taste of what it’s like to be Jacob deGrom. After pitching seven innings of one run ball, Wheeler watched the Mets fail to put another run on the board through 12 innings. Then, in the 13th inning, after a wild pitch, and a bad pickoff attempt left a runner in scoring position, Dominic Smith collided with Amed Rosario chasing a fly ball in shallow left, allowing a run to score. The Mets lost 2-1.
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Brandon Nimmo was sent to the DL due to his finger being slow to heal after he was hit by a pitch. In typical Nimmo fashion, though, he was looking on the bright side of life.
Kevin Kernan says the Mets are to blame for the Dominic Smith collision, and that using their outfield as a defensive experiment was bound to blow up in their face.
The Mets claim that defensive concerns are what are keeping them from promoting Peter Alonso.
The Athletic says Mets fans shouldn’t worry about Syndergaard’s struggles.
The Mets are looking beyond stats in assessing the progress of David Wright’s rehab stint, and it appears September first will be the date they make a decision about whether Wright should be brought up when rosters expand.
Josh Allen was once accidentally shot in the chest, but the bullet and other challenges haven’t stopped him from becoming a Rumble Pony and climbing his way up through the Mets’ system.
The Athletic explored what the Mets can learn from how the Giants have built their team.
Around the National League East
The Nationals had a good bullpen, and then they tore it apart in spectacular fashion. The big revelation being that Mike Rizzo nearly fought Shawn Kelley.
Some team apparently claimed Daniel Murphy after he was placed on revocable waivers by the Nationals.
Pitcher Bryse Wilson almost got a hit in his major league debut for the Braves, but Gregory Polanco gunned him down with a filthy throw.
Around Major League Baseball
Khris Davis asked a Make-A-Wish recipient to sign his jersey, and then promptly hit a home run for the kid.
Shohei Ohtani is looking like he’ll pitch again in 2018.
Kenley Jansen sounded a little bit like Ivan Drago while addressing his heart issues, telling a reporter that “if it goes, it goes.”
Oliver Drake has pitched for five MLB teams this season.
Bleacher Report ran a column full of retired baseball players moaning about today’s game, and Bill Baer was having none of it.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Steve Sypa handled Daily Prospect Report duties.
Allison McCague brought you player performance meters for pitchers and position players.
Nicholas Schreiber previewed the Mets/Giants series.
Jack McLoone lamented the Mets’ decision to put Jason Vargas back in the Mets’ rotation at the expense of the younger, slightly better Corey Oswalt.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1979, a bizarre situation led to the Astros protesting their loss against the Mets due to a crazy set of circumstances surrounding the final out. MLB then forced the teams to play the final out again the next day, and the Mets held on for the 5-0 win before losing their regularly scheduled game 3-1.