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The Mets walloped the Cubs in a 10-2 victory at Wrigley Field. Pete Alonso got things started for the Mets in his first at-bat against Jose Quintana, hitting his 26th home run of the year and breaking Darryl Strawberry’s record for most home runs in a single season by a Mets rookie. Todd Frazier and Wilson Ramos also contributed home runs and Jeff McNeil had two hits and three RBIs. Zack Wheeler tossed seven innings of one-run ball and Chris Flexen pitched the final two innings to finish out the win for the Mets.
Walker Lockett will get another start on Tuesday in place of Noah Syndergaard. The Mets prefer to leave Wilmer Font in his bullpen role, thinking he will continue to have success with it.
Phil Regan talked to Kevin Kernan about how his love for the game keeps him going at age 82.
“It is nice, I won’t lie about it,” Mets hitting coach Chili Davis told The Post about the offense getting it done against his former team.
Jed Lowrie is getting treatment from his “hip all the way down to the knee,” according to Mickey Callaway. But Callaway insists that he is improving and continues to do baseball activities.
Around the National League East
The Marlins handed the Phillies their sixth straight loss with a 5-3 win at Citizen’s Bank Park. Catcher Wilkin Castillo hit a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning, playing in his first big league game since 2009.
The Phillies are spiraling and they look “hapless, hopeless, and in need of a good kick in the pants,” writes Jim Salisbury. Maybe that’s why Gabe Kapler was ejected from yesterday’s game.
The Braves displayed their late-inning comeback abilities once again, beating the Nationals 13-9 and overcoming two different four-run deficits in the process. Dansby Swanson’s three-run homer in the eighth inning off Joe Ross was the difference in the game, as the Nationals’ bullpen imploded again, squandering their chance to crawl back to .500.
Victor Robles exited the game after feeling dizzy.
Mike Petriello argues that the Braves have the deepest lineup in the National League.
Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña Jr. have a natural rapport with one another, despite their NL East rivalry.
Around Major League Baseball
Rob Manfred was asked about potential differences about the baseballs leading to the spike in home runs last week at the MLB owners meeting,
Joel Sherman handed out his midseason awards. Robinson Cano was given the infamous “anti-MVP” moniker for the National League, but Pete Alonso was awarded NL Rookie of the Year.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Ken Lavin brought us the Daily Prospect Report.
ThIs Date in Mets History
On this date in 1964, Ron Hunt was told that he would be the starting second baseman in the All-Star Game.