Meet the Mets
Judging by the final score, you would never know that the final game against the Twins was a tight ballgame heading into the seventh inning. Dominic Smith gave the Mets the lead with a three-run blast and then the wheels subsequently came off for Minnesota in the final innings. Their own sloppy play opened the floodgates and it was topped off by an absolute mammoth blast by Pete Alonso. The onslaught helped propel the Mets to a series sweep which is now their fourth win in a row.
Dominic Smith had a clutch pinch-hit home run and his overall production could make him a nice trade chip.
Pete Alonso’s jaw-dropping home run helped him break out of a slump in a big way.
Alonso’s home run of 474 feet was the longest home run hit by any Met since Statcast started tracking data in 2015.
Jason Vargas gave up two home runs but otherwise kept a very good Twins team off the board.
This four-game win streak has the Mets finally looking like the team they should have been all season.
Even if Mets make moves at the deadline, there could still be players on the move in the offseason.
Recently, Ryan O’Rourke was designated for assignment which led to a whirlwind journey that ended with him back in Syracuse.
Around the National League East
After a lengthy rain delay, the Phillies were hammered by the Dodgers and lost the game 7-2. The Phillies have been in freefall recently and a big part of the problem is their pitching staff giving up way too many home runs. Jay Bruce was placed on the IL with a right oblique strain.
Around Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball handed out a few suspensions for hit batsmen. Angels reliever Noe Ramirez and manager Brad Ausmus were both suspended after Jake Marisnick was hit by a pitch, and Phillies’ reliever Hector Neris was issued a suspension for throwing at David Freese.
Manny Machado thinks there is an unfair double standard when it comes to suspensions and media coverage of players.
With the trade deadline getting closer there are ten storylines to keep an eye on before the month comes to an end.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
On Episode 15 of A Pod of Their Own, Maggie welcomed Lukas and Ken to the show to discuss wages in the minor leagues.
Maggie also wrote about what a potential Todd Frazier trade could look like.
Vasilis Drimalitis wrote about the Font trade.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets made this a grand date in their history. In 2000, Mike Piazza hit his third grand slam of the season to help give the Mets an 11-7 win over the Blue Jays. Six years later, Carlos Beltran became the first Met to hit grand slams in consecutive games when he blasted one in a win over the Reds.