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Mets Morning News: Not-so-sweet sixteen

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Meet the Mets

While you were sleeping you missed sixteen innings of offensive futility from the Mets. They had their chances but could never break through. They finally did in the sixteenth inning when Pete Alonso’s thirty-second blast of the season briefly gave them the lead. By then it was too late and they were out of pitchers so Chris Mazza was the last one standing and the Giants walked it off in the bottom of the inning.

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Jeff McNeil just keeps on hitting out of the leadoff spot and he continues to have his sight set on a batting title.

We finally got an update on Brandon Nimmo who has resumed baseball activities but is not close to appearing in any rehab games.

Zack Wheeler is also on the mend and felt fine after throwing for the second day in a row but the Mets will still take it slow with the pitcher.

Wheeler is obviously a trade piece but would the Mets be better served buying or selling at the deadline?

Justin Wilson could also be an interesting trade piece if the front office decides to go the route.

Walker Lockett will get the start in the place of Wheeler against the Giants this weekend.

Jeurys Familia has looked better as of late and the team is determined to get him back on track.

The Mets have been playing better since the All-Star break but it might be too little, too late for this team (paywall alert).

A documentary about Tom Seaver is one of the films Fox Sports will be showing as the season counts down to the playoffs.

Around the National League East

The Braves got hammered in a 13-4 loss to the Nationals. Before the game they activated Ender Inciarte off the injured list.

The Marlins walked it off against the Padres and earned a 4-3 victory.

The Phillies split their series with the Dodgers when they took the final game with a 7-6 win.

Stephen Strasburg had himself a day against the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Mariano Rivera once taught Roy Halladay the grip of his devastating cutter and the ball he used to demonstrate is now in Cooperstown thanks to Halladay’s widow who donated the ball. The two will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, along with four others who put together impressive numbers over the course of their careers.

Two Dodgers stepped on Rhys Hoskins’s ankle which was not a good look considering their history.

Pitcher Drew Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers and is now free to sign with another team.

The Athletics are once again going on a run and this time they are doing it by relying on fantastic pitching.

Nathan Eovaldi will be activated by the Red Sox this weekend and will join their bullpen.

Rookie the bat dog certainly deserved his promotion to the majors after being the goodest boy with the Trenton Thunder.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show) the host mix-up shenanigans came to a close and potential trades were discussed.

Chris McShane took an in-depth look at Pete Alonso’s mammoth home run against the Twins.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the series with the Giants.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1986, four Mets got into a skirmish outside a bar in Houston and ended up spending the night in jail.