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Mets Morning News: Mets split series with Orioles, Pete Alonso finds the balls suspicious

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Mets Morning News

The Mets met old friend Matt Harvey in Baltimore and treated him rudely yet again. He surrendered seven runs in three innings with the big blows coming off the bats of Pete Alonso and Kevin Pillar. Even after Harvey exited the hits kept coming. Pillar went deep yet again, so did Billy McKinney twice, and Mason Williams once. Taijuan Walker was incredible on the mound and had arguably his best start as a Met and the Amazins easily walked away with a series spilt with Baltimore.

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With the spotlight on the substance scandal, there will now always be rumors around Jacob deGrom which diminishes his otherworldly talent.

Before the game Pete Alonso weighed in on the scandal and said he isn’t as concerned with pitchers doctoring the baseball’s as he is with Major League Baseball messing with the baseballs.

He believes that Major League Baseball alters the baseball to hurt the upcoming free agent class so the players end up losing money.

While Alonso gave a voice to this opinion, other players around the league absolutely believe this is what is happening with the ball.

Carlos Carrasco doesn’t seem to be progressing from his hamstring injury and there is still no timetable for his return.

Around the National League East

Despite getting phenomenal pitching, the Braves were walked-off by the Phillies in a 2-1 loss.

The Marlins were stymied by Austin Gomber and the Rockies in their 4-3 loss.

Luke Williams’s first career home run was a walk-off for Philadelphia in their win over the Braves.

The Nationals defeated the Rays 9-7 to pick up a series split against Tampa.

Washington executive Doug Harris is stepping away from baseball to focus on his health as he continues his battle with cancer.

Around Major League Baseball

It is easy to blame the players for this latest scandal, but once again the true blame belongs at commissioner Rob Manfred’s door for allowing it to continue for as long as it has.

This latest scandal revolves around “sticky stuff” on the balls, so what exactly is it and how does it give pitchers an advantage?

In Andy Martino’s new book about the previous cheating scandal that took place under Manfred’s watch, the Astros allegedly kept up with the sign stealing in 2019 this time with whistles instead of bangs.

In more positive news, Rays prospect Tyler Zombro has been released from the hospital almost a week after he was struck in the head by a line drive, but he still has a road to recovery ahead of him.

The Hall of Fame induction will be moved to September 8 with a limited number of tickets available for the ceremony.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The latest episode of A Pod of Their Own is for Francisco Lindor stans only.

Chris McShane wondered how do you solve a problem like David Peterson.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets had two walk-off wins on this date three years apart in 1983 and 1986. Dave Kingman and Tim Teufel played the part of the walk-off hero in the two Met wins.