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Mets Morning News: Another day off??

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

After splitting the last two series against the Padres and the Orioles, the Mets enjoyed their second day off this week.

If you need more Mets baseball, the schedule has you covered with 33 games in the next 31 days before the All-Star Break.

The first of these will take place tomorrow night at Citi Field with Jacob deGrom expecting to pitch in front of a season-high number of spectators.

Vegas places deGrom as the odds-on favorite to win the National League Cy Young Award.

There’s no secret to his continued success: deGrom throws the ball harder than ever now.

Jacob deGrom is really good at baseball, but did you know that there are other things to know about the best pitcher in the world?

Sandy Alderson appeared on TV and anticipated Carlos Carrasco would be back in July while Noah Syndergaard would return in September.

Injuries have especially hamstrung the Mets this season, and players from former injury-plagued Mets teams complimented this team’s tenacity through adversity.

Billy McKinney has especially shined in his role filling in for injured outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Top-prospect Ronny Mauricio has been working out and crushing baseballs in the minor leagues so far this season.

The Mets signed New Zealander Elliot Johnstone to a minor-league deal. Johnstone, who has been pitching in the Australian Baseball League, will try to break through as the first Kiwi in the majors.

Former major league infielder Will Middlebrooks lent credence to Pete Alonso’s accusation of MLB doctoring baseballs to deflate impending free agent salaries.

Sarah Spain highlighted the transgressions of former Mets employees Mickey Callaway and Jared Porter in a column analyzing the scope of sexual harassment against women in sports.

Around the National League East

The Phillies walked off the Braves for the second night in a row, scoring three runs in the 10th to support Zack Wheeler’s 12 strikeouts and secure a 4-3 victory. With the win, the Phillies move into second place, 3.5 games behind the Mets.

The Marlins took the series win with an 11-4 victory Thursday afternoon over the Rockies in Denver. Jazz Chisholm and Starling Marte led the way, combining for six hits and four RBI at the top of the order.

Rain delayed the series opener for the Nationals against the Giants, and they will play a doubleheader today to make up for the weather.

MLB.com listed notable trends for all five division teams.

Around Major League Baseball

The Red Sox beat the Astros 12-8 in Boston in a game that included six lead changes.

Dallas Keuchel led the first-place White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays in Chicago.

Barely into his third season with the team, Fernando Tatís Jr. can already claim to be the best shortstop in Padres history.

Giancarlo Stanton does not want to face doctored baseballs at the plate.

Joel Sherman sides with Josh Donaldson calling out pitchers accused of doctoring baseballs this season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On this week’s episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Brian and Chris talk about the mercurial Mets starting rotation and praise Billy McKinney’s breakout performance.

Brian also continued his deadly serious weekly analysis on two key players on the Mets’ bench.

We also chatted about the Mets rotation on the Locker Room app to fill the time in the evening during the off day. We might do it again next week, too!

This Date in Mets History

On this day six years ago, Michael Cuddyer walked off the defending champion San Francisco Giants with a two-out single off of Sergio Romo to score Curtis Granderson in the bottom of the ninth inning.