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Mets Morning News: The All-Star break is over and it’s time to return to Mets baseball

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The break is officially over and there are a few players whose time is now limited with this team.

Zack Wheeler could potentially go across town which would fill a need for both clubs.

The Mets have a high asking price on Noah Syndergaard but there is some question whether that will be met.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen helped create this mess and now it is up to him to fix it so the Mets don’t remain in this mess for the foreseeable future.

The general manager will finally face the media before the game and there will be some tough questions he will have to answer.

The Mets selling at the deadline is only one of the storylines that will play out in the second half of the season.

Van Wagenen has made some questionable decisions so far this year, but starting the year with Pete Alonso is not one of them.

With the second half set to begin, the powerful rookie can return to his quest of conquering the rookie home run record which was set by Aaron Judge in 2017.

Todd Frazier will be donating a large sum of money to a very worthy cause in his hometown of Toms River.

Around the National League East

The Braves have a tough schedule coming up and with that in mind they should not wait until the deadline to make moves.

The Marlins have struggled with starting pitching in recent years but that is set to change with all the young arms in the system.

The Nationals reinstated Kyle Barraclough from the IL, but he was then optioned to Double-A.

Around Major League Baseball

Jake Marisnick was suspended two games for his collision at home plate that injured Jonathan Lucroy.

The Brewers have reportedly signed pitcher Shelby Miller to a minor league contract.

David Ortiz underwent another surgery as he continues to recover from the gunshot wound he suffered over a month ago.

Fewer and fewer starting pitchers are pitching 200 innings but does that matter in today’s game (paywall alert)?

The Rangers and Astros kicked off the second half, but Alex Bregman had to leave the game early when a ground ball struck him in the chin.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

David Capobianco took a look at how the Mets’ infield performed during the first half and Maggie Wiggin did the same for the bullpen. Spoiler alert: neither were very good.

On Episode 14 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris review the first half of the season but they also talk about our wonderful All-Stars and their performances in the All-Star festivities.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1988, the Mets had three representatives in the All-Star game but unfortunately for Dwight Gooden he got the loss after giving up one run in his appearance.