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Throughout his career Jacob deGrom has been dominant in the sunshine and the final game against the Padres was no different. He pitched seven shutout innings, and in a nice change of pace, had some offense backing him up. Todd Frazier was the offensive standout by driving in two big runs with a double. After scoring four runs in the first inning the outcome was never really in doubt with deGrom cruising. It got dicey in the ninth when Edwin Diaz exited after taking a Manny Machado liner off his foot, but Luis Avilan got the job done to give the Mets the series victory.
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Even with all the rumors and uncertainty surrounding the team, deGrom proved he could be the constant and is too valuable to trade.
The four runs scored in the first inning was especially noteworthy since that is the first time the Mets ever accomplished that feat with deGrom on the mound.
The Mets’ ace had a nasty slider working and he snapped off a particularly filthy one against Francisco Mejia which caused the catcher to fall to the ground after he swung at it.
Todd Frazier’s big day could be a product of coming in early and putting in the work to help him bust out of his slump.
Michael Conforto picked up another couple of hits in the Mets’ victory and has hit pretty well recently after enduring a slump after suffering a concussion.
Amed Rosario has also been on fire since the break and he made a couple of beautiful defensive plays behind deGrom. It seems the Rosario the Mets have been waiting for has finally arrived.
The team got a bit of good news after the game when x-rays came back negative on Diaz’s toe.
The Diaz news must be a relief for the team who is also looking at potentially moving the closer.
Trade rumors continue to swirl around Noah Syndergaard who the Mets seem determined to move. Any deal would need to meet the approval of the Wilpons however, who would need to be blown away with offers.
The Mets would be foolish to trade Syndergaard now and of course the big righty took to Twitter to comment on the rumors.
Zack Wheeler is another pitcher likely to be on the move and he will get one last chance to prove he is healthy in his start against the Pirates.
The Mets are walking on a tightrope when it comes between choosing between Wheeler and Syndergaard and they are at risk of losing them both (paywall alert).
One team that is looking for pitching but will have to look elsewhere is the Yankees who the Mets still refuse to deal with.
The SNY booth welcomed a new kidcaster to call the game for an inning and he had a controversial take on Johan Santana’s no-hitter.
Around the National League East
Talking Chop talked about the Mets sending scouts to watch some of their prospects in action.
With the Marlins having an off day, Fish Stripes debunked some myths that surround the team.
Phillies fans are feeling a little better about their team these days.
The Nationals failed to complete the sweep of the reeling Rockies when the bullpen could not back up Max Scherzer.
Around Major League Baseball
Troy Tulowitzki officially announced his retirement from baseball after suffering a setback while rehabbing with the Yankees.
The Giants’ recent hot streak might have them do a heel turn and hang on to Madison Bumgarner at the deadline.
Last year’s Cy Young winner Blake Snell will miss about six weeks after undergoing surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow.
Joey Gallo also underwent surgery to repair a broken hamate bone on his wrist and is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks.
The Red Sox hammered the Yankees with a 19-3 victory in Boston.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Maggie Wiggin discussed the Wheeler and Syndergaard rumors.
Allison McCague covered the Diaz injury.
In the latest poll, somehow fan confidence dropped even further with this team.
On Episode 16 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris tried to figure out what the Mets would do at the trade deadline.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1983, Mookie Wilson hit a walk-off home run against the Braves after starting a bench-clearing incident earlier in the game.