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Mets Morning News: Mets drop series to Dodgers despite a good Jason Vargas performance

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MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Jason Vargas against the Dodgers seemed like a tough match-up for the lefty. However he pitched quite well against the powerful lineup but unfortunately the Mets’ offense couldn’t help him out. They were overmatched by Hyun-Jin Ryu and they couldn’t get a single run to cross the plate. The loss cost them the series as they now head to the desert to try and turn things around in Arizona.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Bergen Record, Daily News,, Newsday, Post

The Mets season has derailed from their postseason aspirations and they should consider selling at the deadline (paywall alert).

Dominic Smith has done well at the plate this season so should Jeff McNeil man centerfield when he returns to keep Smith’s bat in the lineup?

Jeurys Familia has been better since going on the injured list but is still not good enough to keep his set-up role for now.

Pete Alonso has been everything the Mets hoped he would be but he is the product of years of scouting within the Mets organization (paywall alert).

Jessica Mendoza chatted briefly about her role with the Mets and what it is like to work at ESPN.

Around the National League East

Braves’ rookie Austin Riley has gotten off to a fantastic start for Atlanta and is putting up comparable numbers to some of the top hitters in the league.

The Marlins failed to complete a sweep of the Giants.

The Phillies also failed to complete a sweep of the Cardinals.

Around Major League Baseball

After the scary incident in Houston involving a young fan, the discussion about protective netting and fan safety needs to be had (paywall alert).

The Cubs signed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league deal.

The Yankees and Red Sox will be facing off in London this year, and next year it will reportedly be the Cubs and Cardinals that will get to travel across the pond.

Fan attendance across the league has dropped once again and it is especially glaring in Florida where the teams continue to struggle to draw fans.

According to agent Scott Boras, Dallas Keuchel could be ready in about a week should a team sign him soon.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 8 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris discuss if Carlos Gomez is better than Juan Lagares as well as some other pieces that have been coming through recently.

Steve Sypa took a look back at what the Mets could do differently if they could redo the draft from the last five years.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1964, after playing in a double header in the minor leagues, the Mets called Ed Kranepool up to play in another double header this time against the Giants. After dropping the first game, the second game went to extras and would end up becoming the longest double header in MLB history at the time. When all was said and done Kranepool played played 51 innings of baseball in 48 hours.