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Mets Morning News: Mets beat Cubs for second straight night, deGrom takes the mound today

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

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The Mets beat the Cubs for a second straight night on Tuesday, winning 3-2. Taijuan Walker continued his stellar season, striking out 12 batters over seven terrific innings, while allowing just two runs on a Javier Báez homer in the third. The Mets’ offense was fueled by Pete Alonso, who had a two-run single in the bottom of the third to tie the game at two, and then hit what wound up being the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth when the bases were loaded. Seth Lugo came on in relief of Taijuan Walker, and after an effortless eighth inning, Lugo had to work a little harder in the ninth to secure the win for the Mets. Aided by some horrendous baserunning by Jake Marisnick, Lugo was able to escape trouble as the Mets won and improved their home record to 19-6.

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After the game, Pete Alonso led the Citi Field crowd in a singalong of ‘Happy Birthday’ to Dom Smith.

We found out after the game that Taijuan Walker had been dealing with a stomach bug the last couple of days leading up to Tuesday’s start.

J.D. Davis did not want to put a timeline on himself for when he returns from injury.

The Mets are planning a meeting with their pitchers about the use of sticky substances, although manager Luis Rojas said he did not think any of the Mets pitchers are using these substances.

Jeff McNeil continued his rehab assignment last night with the Syracuse Mets.

The data shows that hitters may be better off not swinging at all against Jacob deGrom. No really.

Around the National League East

The Nationals beat the Pirates 8-1 behind a strong performance from Patrick Corbin.

Meanwhile, Max Scherzer was placed on the IL with a groin injury.

Trevor Rogers was once again his excellent self for the Marlins but they could not get the win as the lost on a walk-off to the Cardinals.

Tucker Davidson left the game in the third inning as the Braves lost to the Red Sox 10-8.

The Phillies lost 5-3 to the Dodgers, and lost Bryce Harper and Jean Segura due to injury.

Around Major League Baseball

Ken Rosenthal writes that we’re about to find out what the truth about sticky substances is.

Meanwhile, Rays’ pitcher Tyler Glasnow blames MLB’s crackdown on these substances for the UCL injury he suffered.

Robert Stock will be called up and activated to be the starting pitcher for the Cubs tonight against the Mets.

The Tigers DFA’d former Met Wison Ramos on Tuesday.

Luis Severino has a Grade 2 groin strain, which will delay his return by about a month.

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the first player in the NL to reach 20 homers.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Linda Surovich looked at how Narco has been the secret to Edwin Diaz’s turnaround this season.

Tracy Stallard was the latest player to be featured on the UnforMETable podcast.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to former Mets reliever Calvin Schiraldi, who helped secure a championship for the Mets by playing for the Boston Red Sox.