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Mets Morning News: Zack Wheeler dominant as Mets net their seventh straight win

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Meet the Mets

The suddenly-streaking Mets completed a sweep of the White Sox behind yet another dominant performance by their starting pitcher. Zack Wheeler made his first start post-Trade Deadline and was superb. He pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven. Robinson Cano provided most of the offense with a home run and RBI double, and he got lucky when a dropped ball at home plate allowed him to score the Mets’ fourth run. The combination of Luis Avilan and Jeurys Familia handled the final innings and the Mets walked away with a series sweep.

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The win streak is now up to seven, and there are seven reasons why this team is on a roll right now.

It was in Chicago where the season took an ugly turn, but now the Mets are leaving the Windy City with quite a different outlook than the last time they were there.

The White Sox were one of the first teams to expand their netting to the foul poles and Jeff “The Flying Squirrel” McNeil made full use of it after his momentum took him in the direction of the stands.

Robinson Cano can finally breathe a sigh of relief now that his hitless streak is over.

This recent hot streak has significantly increased the Mets’ playoff chances.

After both Pete Alonso and Noah Syndergaard recently expressed their feelings on social media, GM Brodie Van Wagenen followed their lead with a tweet addressing Mets fans.

The recent surge has been mostly due to the starting pitching which has been fantastic since the the All-Star break.

This journey might not end with the playoffs but at least this team is playing relevant games in August which is an improvement over the last couple of seasons.

Marcus Stroman was always a standout athlete growing up and throughout his professional career his excitement and confidence have helped him capture the spotlight once again.

Around the National League East

The Braves defeated the Reds after only seven innings of baseball since the weather halted play.

It took tweleve innings but the Marlins walked-off the Twins in a 5-4 victory.

The Phillies’ offense woke up in a big way in their win over the Giants.

The Nationals again revamped their bullpen so how do the new pieces fit with the already established relief corps?

Around Major League Baseball

The Wild Card does not seem like a big enough incentive for teams to go for it which makes for a lackluster trade deadline.

The big trade that did go down was a wild twenty-four hours for all parties involved.

A bunch of prospects are on the move now that the deadline has passed, and while some teams got a few good pieces, one team in particular decidedly did not.

The Pirates and Reds received their suspensions for their fisticuffs from Tuesday. The harshest penalty went to Keone Kela for intentionally throwing at Derek Dietrich.

Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon will undergo surgery to repair his right flexor tendon which will end his season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 17 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Chris and Brian discussed the big Stroman trade.

Michael Drago took a look back at Jason Vargas’s frustrating tenure in Queens.

This Date in Mets History

On this date just four years ago, Noah Syndergaard dropped the hammer against the Nationals to finish off the sweep of the division rivals. Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, and Lucas Duda all provided the thunder to lead the Mets to victory in front of a packed house at Citi.