Meet the Mets
The Mets beat the Diamondbacks 4-2 to win their fourth straight game. Friday’s main characters Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil were responsible for most of the Mets offense, combining for three hits, three runs scored, and three RBIs. For the second day in a row, the Mets had to patch together nine innings of work from their pitching staff and for the second day in a row, the bullpen delivered (assisted by several sparkling defensive plays behind them). Tommy Hunter served as the opener, pitching two scoreless innings. He was followed by Joey Lucchesi, who earned the win for his 3 1⁄3 strong innings, over which he gave up just one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Both Jeurys Familia and Aaron Loup worked out of trouble to keep the Mets on top and Trevor May shut the door in the ninth, earning his first save of the season.
When Jeff McNeil hit his two-run homer that put the Mets on the board last night, the Citi Field jumbotron superimposed a raccoon over McNeil as he ran the bases.
Jacob deGrom will start today’s game after some tightness in his lat caused him to be scratched from his most recent scheduled start.
Both Noah Syndergaard and Seth Lugo are expected to begin rehab assignments “in a week or so,” according to GM Zack Scott.
The Mets have signed righty A.J. Schugel to a minor league deal.
Around the National League East
It was a wild game between the Braves and the Phillies in which the Braves came out on top 8-7 in extra innings. The Phillies took a three-run lead in the top of the twelfth inning and gave it all back in the bottom of the frame, failing to record an out.
Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo has been accused of sexual misconduct, per reporting from Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic. “What I have read in your recently published article from an anonymous individual about me is untrue and did not happen,” Santangelo wrote in a statement. “This is not representative of who I am as a man or a professional. I am confident that my name and reputation will be fully cleared.”
Around Major League Baseball
Twelve MLB teams have hit the 85% vaccination threshold required for relaxed COVID-19 protocols. The overall vaccination rate league-wide is 83%.
The 2021 season is on track to have the most hit by pitches ever. That trend is being driven by hitters getting out of the way less often, writes Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Steve Sypa recaps Thomas Szapucki’s outing and the rest of the goings on in the minor leagues in the Daily Prospect Report.
BreakingT’s LFGM shirt is now available in black.
This Date in Mets History
Bob Ojeda pitched a gem for the Mets on this date in 1986, helping the team to improve to 19-4 on the season.