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The Mets bounced back and defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 at Citi Field. David Peterson gave the club a terrific effort, holding the Cubs to one hit over six shutout innings after he struggled mightily over his last two starts. Dominic Smith also had himself a big game, breaking out of his 0-for-20 slump with a walk, a run-scoring hit in the fourth, and a home run to center in the fifth. Kevin Pillar had the big knock, driving in the team’s second and third runs on a double in the fourth. The Cubs hit back-to-back homers off Trevor May in the seventh, but Aaron Loup and Edwin Díaz shut the door from there.
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After last night’s win, Mike Vaccaro says it’s time to start viewing this team differently.
Luis Rojas adjusted the lineup prior to the game, which helped jumpstart Smith.
Hitting out of the third spot in the lineup, Smith shook things up for the Mets with his big night.
Mets’ starters lowered their ERA to 1.69 through 24 home starts, which is the second-lowest mark over the last 100 season. Only the Houston Astros’ 1.56 ERA in 1981 was lower.
Jacob deGrom threw his regular bullpen session and is still expected to make his Wednesday start.
deGrom is now the betting favorite to win NL MVP.
Sean Reid-Foley is back and has a chance to stick around.
Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo could both be starting rehab assignments shortly.
The Mets being in first despite missing a bunch of regulars is giving the team ‘a dose of reality’ according to Francisco Lindor.
The boos are behind Lindor now, and he is feeling cheery at Citi Field.
Justin Toscano shared his experience sitting in a fully vaccinated section at Citi Field on Saturday.
Toscano also wrote about Billy McKinney’s journey to playing every day with the Mets.
In the latest edition of This Week in Mets, Tim Britton wondered how long the team can continue to survive on their back-up plans. (Paywall Alert)
The Mets are seeing a glimpse of their future at High-A Brooklyn right now, and it’s looking very bright.
The Mets Minor League Mailbag looked at Khalil Lee’s ceiling and other questions around the team’s farm system.
The Mets inked Tom Hackimer, a player they selected in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, to a minor league deal. Hackimer is a St. John’s product.
The ageless wonder, Bartolo Colon, is still throwing complete games at 48 years of age.
Around the National League East
Kyle Schwarber hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh, which propelled the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Max Scherzer threw a bullpen yesterday and conceded that he will likely miss his Wednesday start with a groin injury, though he expects his return to be in days, not weeks.
Alex Anthopoulos is “optimistic” the Atlanta Braves could get back Mike Soroka by late August, while also getting Travis d’Arnaud and Huascar Ynoa back in August as well.
The Miami Marlins were doubled up by the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
The Philadelphia Phillies dropped their series opener to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1.
Around Major League Baseball
MLB will release their memo outlining their plan on foreign substances today.
Buster Olney thinks the league needs to learn from its past mistakes and wants Rob Manfred affect serious discipline for pitchers using foreign substances.
Sports Illustrated spoke with Brian Harkins, the man who made sticky stuff for MLB pitchers for 15 years.
Tim Kelly of Audacy Sports listed some pitchers he believes are worthy of All Star nods this year.
With All Star Game voting underway, Will Leitch of MLB.com looked at who might be All Stars in 2026.
Shane Bieber is heading to the injured list with a strain in his right shoulder.
Tyler Glasnow is currently dealing with right elbow inflammation.
Despite a tape-measure shot from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with two outs in the ninth, the Boston Red Sox walked it off in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1.
Cleveland held off the Baltimore Orioles 4-3.
The Detroit Tigers trounced the Kansas City Chiefs 10-3.
The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2.
The Cincinnati Reds crushed the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2.
The Colorado Rockies held on for a 3-2 win against the San Diego Padres.
The Oakland Athletics ended the Los Angeles Angels’ six-game winning steak with an 8-5 victory.
The San Francisco Giants got back on track with a 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Seattle Mariners came back to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane continued tracking Jacob deGrom’s historic season with his tenth start.
Chris also wrote about the team DFAing Jacob Barnes and recalling Reid-Foley from Triple-A Syracuse.
I previewed the team’s four-game series against the Cubs, which started last night.
Allison McCague brought us the position player and pitcher meters for the week!
Episode 118 of From Complex to Queens looked at the system’s very bad week.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets made two franchise-altering trades on this date six years apart. In 1977, the Mets dealt Tom Seaver as part of the “Midnight Massacre”. In 1983, after some of the darkest years in the franchise’s history, the club acquired Keith Hernandez from the Cardinals, setting the groundwork for the team’s eventual resurgence and World Series victory in 1986.