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Mets Morning News: Pete Alonso open to participating in Home Run Derby

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Meet the Mets

With Pete Alonso displaying his power so far in the majors, he is open to participating in this year’s Home Run Derby.

All Jeff McNeil does is hit but despite his high average he tends to fly under the radar compared to his teammates.

The Mets have now faced every team in the National League East and have a sense of how they stack up against their competition.

The Vargas situation with the Mets is just one example of a larger problem that is rippling around Major League Baseball.

So far Mickey Callaway has been appreciative of the working relationship he has with Brodie Van Wagenen.

The Mets are starting to scuffle a bit as the schedule turns harder and they need to avoid letting it spiral.

Around the National League East

The Braves were swept by the Diamondbacks despite a solid performance by Mike Soroka.

The Phillies placed Odubel Herrera on the IL and recalled Roman Quinn. Philadelphia dropped the series opener against the Rockies 6-2.

The Nationals defeated the Giants behind a strong performance by Patrick Corbin.

Around Major League Baseball

The Athletics signed slugger Khris Davis to a two-year extension.

Baseball started a marketing campaign this season to “let the kids play” but what happens when not everyone is on board with that idea (paywall alert)?

This season Triple-A switched to using the same baseballs that the majors use and they have seen a significant increase in the amount of home runs hit.

Dallas Keuchel remains a free agent, but he is reportedly open to a signing a one-year deal.

Dustin Pedroia was placed on the IL after he felt pain in his knee during Wednesday’s game.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 3 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show) Brian and Chris discuss both the Jason Vargas and Edwin Diaz situations.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1964, the Mets finally picked up their first victory at Shea Stadium. Al Jackson pitched a shutout and the Mets were victorious over the Pirates.