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Mets Morning News: Mets swept away in Philadelphia

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There is not much left to say at this point. The offense was putrid and the only hit through eight innings was by Zack Wheeler. Todd Frazier’s heroics in the ninth gave them a brief lead but Edwin Diaz blew it and then some to allow the Phillies to complete the sweep. It topped off a complete embarrassment of a road trip in all facets of the organization and they now limp home to take on the first place Braves.

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The Mets played ok against the Phillies but the bullpen was an absolute disaster and cost them every game. This is not a new occurrence and has been a recurring theme throughout the season.

Mike Francesa happened to be on air when the walk-off occurred and he completely lost his mind on his show.

Lost in the mess was the performance of Zack Wheeler who put together another quality start.

Wheeler has had a bit of an up-and-down season, but he could be the best pitcher on the market come the trade deadline (paywall alert).

Brodie Van Wagenen’s big trade to start his tenure as GM is looking worse and worse.

Now that the Mets are floundering, Van Wagenen has some decisions to make as the trade deadline approaches.

Pete Alonso had a rare tough day at the plate, but overall it seems he has made the necessary adjustments to thrive at the big league level.

Jason Vargas’s tirade against the media isn’t sitting well with Mets’ higher-ups and could lead to a quick departure for the lefty.

Howie Rose has been the voice of the Mets for over two decades, but he has been a fan for even longer than that and is a wellspring of interesting stories from their history (paywall alert).

The Mets will now officially play on 41 Tom Seaver Way as a way to pay tribute to their Hall of Famer. To further cement his legacy a statue in his likeness will be erected in front of Citi Field.

It was a bittersweet day for the members from the 1969 Championship team who were in attendance, and missed those whose absence was acutely felt.

Despite what this organization has turned into, the ‘69 team has definitively placed themselves as one of the most improbable World Series Champs.

It has been 50 years since that season so what are the Miracle Mets up to now?

Around the National League East

Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. were both voted in as starters for the 2019 All-Star Game. The Braves blew a big lead and ended up losing to the Cubs.

The Marlins were swept by the Nationals after a poor performance by Sandy Alcantara.

The Phillies came back with a victory against the Mets.

The Nationals powered themselves to victory over the Marlins. Despite their recent play, Washington is facing a reality where their contention window is rapidly closing and they will have some decisions to make regarding their future.

Around Major League Baseball

There is still some debate around protective netting in baseball parks, but foul balls can do serious damage and cause serious harm to those who are hit.

More and more people are speaking out about the way children are signed in the international market system.

The home run surge this year has reached a point of ridiculousness and MLB needs to restore the balance instead of diluting player’s achievements.

The All-Star starters were announced and many deserving players were named to both rosters.

Craig Kimbrel earned his first save in a Cubs uniform against the Braves.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris tried to make sense of the latest Mets debacle.

Jarrett Seidler discussed Pete Alonso’s evolution from his early days in the minors.

Robert Wolff wrote about the Mets’ plans to build a Seaver statue at Citi Field.

Steve Sypa put together draft profiles for Tucker Flint, Dilan Lawson, Casey Slattery, Nick Conti, and Camden Lovrich.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1994, Dwight Gooden received a suspension for a drug violation which effectively ended his Mets career.