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Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler made his return to the Mets on Friday, and pitched a decent game, even though he ran into some trouble in the sixth inning and had to be pulled. The Mets offense did its job though, and the usual suspects, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, helped provide some much needed firepower along with Wilson Ramos and Todd Frazier. The Mets walked away with a 6-3 win over the Pirates.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday, MLB.com, Bergen County Record.

Sources say the Mets are dead set on trading Noah Syndergaard before the deadline.

Tim Britton of The Athletic looked at whether there are any deals for Syndergaard out there that might realistically make the Mets better.

The Mets and Twins have discussed a Syndergaard trade.

Pete Alonso happily donated his charity pledges from the home run derby and received his giant fake check from MLB.

The X-Rays on Edwin Diaz’s toe were negative and he should be ready to return to the team.

Jeff McNeil really wants a new puppy.

Wally Backman told the NY Post he plans to confront Doc Gooden, who he still speaks to regularly, about his drug abuse.

Do you remember the Mercury Mets?

Around the National League East

Nick Markakis may miss serious time for the Braves after injuring his wrist in their 9-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

Andre Dawson and Tony Perez may boycott Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame induction when he’s almost undoubtedly elected next year.

Max Scherzer appears to have a mild muscle strain, and may need some more rest.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Nationals couldn’t hold off the Dodgers.

Around Major League Baseball

A Make-A-Wish kid asked Mookie Betts to hit a home run for him in Boston’s game against the Yankees. Betts hit three.

The Cubs traded for Derek Holland from the Giants.

The Twins became the fastest team to record 200 home runs in a season. They needed only 103 games to do it, blowing away the previous record of 122.

Brian Cashman says the Yankees are likely to stay with their rotation because the price of pitching on the trade market is too high.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane updated the rumor mill with reports that the Mets would prefer to trade Syndergaard to the Braves or Padres.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Pirates series.

Joe Sokolowski was back with another edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.

Allison McCague says the Mets are looking to trade Syndergaard for all the wrong reasons.

Thomas Henderson handled the Daily Prospect Report duties.

This Date in Mets History

Gary Carter finally made it into the Hall of Fame on this date in 2003.