Meet the Mets
The Mets suffered a brutal 6-5 loss in the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Starting pitcher Walker Lockett gave up five runs in six innings, and the Amazins mostly failed to score any runs against the normally hapless Phillies bullpen. They did finally manage to tie the game in the ninth thanks to a two-out RBI single off the bat of Robinson Cano, but then Seth Lugo came on for the bottom of the frame and gave up three singles, culminating in a walk-off hit by Bryce Harper.
Jacob deGrom was supposed to start yesterday’s game, but he was scratched due to a stiff neck.
In a somewhat surprising decision, Drew Smith was optioned to the Alternate Site to make room for Cano on the active roster.
Jeff McNeil was out of the lineup last night in the aftermath of his crash against the outfield wall on Thursday, but it looks like he will avoid the injured list.
With a third of the shortened season in the books, what are the big takeaways for the Mets thus far?
Dwight Gooden shared his thoughts about the Yoenis Cespedes situation.
Around the National League East
It must be mentioned again that, despite the Mets making them look competent last night, the Phillies bullpen has been quite awful.
Washington suffered two brutal injuries yesterday, as Starlin Castro suffered a broken right wrist which will likely end his season and Stephen Strasburg was removed from his start after just 16 pitches due to a wrist issue.
Atlanta’s starting pitching has faltered this season.
Around Major League Baseball
The league provided an updated Cardinals schedule as the club seeks to make up all the games they’ve missed due to their COVID outbreak.
An unknown Reds player tested positive for COVID-19. Cincinnati played their scheduled game against the Pirates last night, but now we must wait and see if this is one isolated case or the beginnings of another outbreak.
The upcoming trade deadline will be quite different from what we are accustomed to.
While the KBO has been allowing some fans in their stadiums due to South Korea’s low number of COVID cases, they may be going back to empty stadiums soon due to a recent surge in cases.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane analyzed Edwin Diaz’s recent excellence and pondered if/when he might start getting called upon in high-leverage situations again.
Steve Sypa continued to reminisce on former Mets minor leaguers by taking a look at Aderlin Rodriguez.
Joe Sokolowski compiled the most interesting Mets-related quotes of the past week.
This Date in Mets History
Mets legend and somehow still active major league pitcher Oliver Perez celebrates his 39th birthday today.