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The Mets’ bats came alive last night in a 11-4 romp over the Marlins. Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano each slugged a pair of homers in the victory. Alonso reached base in all five plate appearances. The offensive explosion more than made up for Robert Gsellman’s second straight short and subpart start. Chasen Shreve had a magnificent appearance in relief, striking out five and retiring all seven batters he faced.
Rene Rivera will have surgery tomorrow to remove a bone spur from his elbow. He has been transferred to the 45-day IL.
Despite recent reports that the A-Rod/J Lo group has emerged as the frontrunners in the race to buy the Mets, confidence remains that Steve Cohen will end up buying the club.
When the Wilpons do end up selling the team, they plan on sticking around, at least in a small role. A report stated that the future former owners plan to keep a 5% stake in the franchise post-sale. If their continued presence worries you, it’s important to remember that Cohen currently owns an 8% share and has essentially little-to-no say in operations.
Never missing a moment to showcase just how petty he can be, Jeff Wilpon reportedly hates Steve Cohen and is hoping for Alex Rodriguez to come in with the winning bid, or get Cohen to double his offer.
With the trade deadline quickly approaching, the team’s play in the next few games will determine their approach for it.
The Mets added top prospect Ronny Mauricio to the 60-player pool.
This week’s Mets Mailbag included questions on whether Tomas Nido should start more, whether the team can trade Robinson Cano for a starter, and whether the new owner will join in time to run this offseason’s plan, among other things.
The Mets Foundation will donate school supplies for 10,000 students as part of their COVID-19 relief efforts.
Around the National League East
The Braves erased a three-run deficit in the ninth inning, scoring four runs off Daniel Hudson to emerge victorious in walk-off fashion against the Nationals. Dansby Swanson connected on a two-run blast to complete the comeback.
Want to feel old? Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia hit a home run and, in the process, became the first player born in the 2000s to homer in a major league game.
Around Major League Baseball
Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger’s selfish behavior, which eventually got them optioned to the alternate site, almost caused a riff in Cleveland’s clubhouse. According to a new report, former Met Oliver Perez threatened to opt out if the two returned to the roster, with team star Francisco Lindor also voicing his displeasure with their actions.
The Reds have had no new positive COVID-19 test results, but some players will still be held out of Tuesday’s game against the Royals (if it is played) as a result of contract tracing.
ESPN has seen a 57% increase in the 18-49 adult demographic, and a 69% increase in the 18-34 demographic for MLB in 2020.
TV will be the only place fans can watch a baseball game for now. A league spokesman confirmed that MLB is not yet ready to open up parks to fans, citing the current coronavirus trends throughout the country. Some teams have recently explored letting fans back in for games, including the Reds and Rangers.
Over the weekend, the lack of fans led to a lot of...let’s say ‘colorful’ language getting caught on broadcasts.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane discussed whether a move to the bullpen could benefit the struggling Steven Matz.
Steve Sypa reminisced about Steve Chilcott in his latest Prospect Retrospective.
Steve Sypa provided an update on the CPBL team, the KBO team, and the NPB team that the From Complex to Queens team has been following this year.
Episode 75 of From Complex to Queens went up and featured a discussion on who should head to Brooklyn if the player pool is expanded.
This Date in Mets History
Alonso became just the fourth Met to hit 40 home runs in a season on this date in 2019, joining Todd Hundley, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran. With his team up five on the Royals, he unloaded on a Jacob Barnes pitch to lead off the ninth inning and extend the lead. The Mets, who trailed 4-3 heading into the seventh, used a six-run seventh to go ahead of Kansas City for good.