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Brandon Nimmo responded to an Ozzie Albies RBI single with a leadoff home run in the first, but the Mets scored just once more the rest of the way to fall to the Braves 4-2. Jason Vargas surrendered all four Atlanta runs, each earned, over five frames. But where Vargas struggled, the bullpen was immaculate. Four relievers—including the debuting Bobby Wahl, part of the return for Jeurys Familia—were perfect over the final four innings. Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 with a walk, but his errant throw in the third inning, following what looked to be a successful pickoff by Vargas, led to three Braves runs.
Fangraphs’ Craig Edwards mounted a defense of the Mets’ trade deadline, advocating for the Mets to “go for it” in the coming offseason.
The Post’s Kevin Kernan asked assistant general manager John Ricco how the Mets plan to change the team’s culture ahead of the 2019 season.
Minor League Ball dropped their midseason review of the Mets’ top 20 prospects.
Around the National League East
The Phillies’ Gabe Kapler is the latest skipper to take part in FanGraphs’ “Manager’s Perspective” series.
Around Major League Baseball
Grant Brisbee explained why a a quiet trade deadline will mean more of the same come winter.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Speaking of the Tuesday from hell, the Mets said Steven Matz experienced forearm tightness after that game, but an MRI revealed no structural damage.
Zack Wheeler is doing a better job of keeping the ball in the park this season, one of several improvements upon his 2017 campaign.
Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the team’s four-game set with the Braves.
This Date in Mets History
The original Frank Thomas hit a pair of home runs for the third straight game on this date in 1962. His six total homers in three consecutive games stood as an MLB record until Shawn Green cranked seven dingers in three contests in 2002.