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The Mets shut out the Braves 3-0 behind another stellar performance from Zack Wheeler, who struck out nine batters over seven scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits. Jeff McNeil went 4-for-4 on the night and Todd Frazier scored two runs thanks to some heads up base running. Bobby Wahl earned his first hold of the season by recording the first two outs of the eighth inning and Robert Gsellman got the save, retiring the final four batters to seal the win for the Mets.
The Mets promised three things at the deadline: that they would be open-minded about trading their pitchers, that they were willing to eat money in deals, and that their three-headed GM would think outside the box. They followed up on none of those promises, writes Joel Sherman.
Jeff McNeil swears by his unconventional bat. If last night’s performance is any indication, there’s no need for him to change bats any time soon.
As the dog days of summer stretch on, the Mets are wary of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman’s accumulating innings.
To pay homage to Jose Reyes’ 2018 season, Maggie Wiggin reviews some of the worst individual player seasons in franchise history.
Endy Chavez, who is still playing baseball for the Somorset Patriots, reminisces about The Catch, saying he remembers it “like it was yesterday.”
In a tongue in cheek promotion meant to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health issues, UMA Health offered free therapy sessions to Mets fans in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 25-4 loss to the Nationals.
Around the National League East
The Nationals and the Reds played a double-header today. In the first game, Gio Gonzalez was shelled en route to an early exit and a 7-1 loss. However, the Nationals bounced back in the nightcap against Matt Harvey, who was tagged for five runs and nine hits in four innings of work. The Nationals won 6-2 and Harvey took the loss.
Bryce Harper was removed from the second game of the double-header after being hit by a pitch in the leg in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Around Major League Baseball
Johan Santana was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame and officially retired, catching a ceremonial first pitch thrown by his son before the game. Mets fans of course remember Santana for throwing—as of yet—the only no-hitter in franchise history.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Steve Sypa gave us the daily prospect report.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1973, the Mets dropped a double header to the Cardinals, putting them at 12 games under .500 and 11.5 games back in the National League East. Of course, we all remember the improbable run that followed.