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Mets Morning News: Mets begin yet another doubleheader

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Meet the Mets

The Mets are set to begin a four-game series against the Phillies with a doubleheader today. The Daily News provided three things to watch out for this weekend.

With the trade deadline a little over a month away, the Mets have some questions that they will need to answer when determining what moves to make.

The potential trades they might make and the way they will handle Jacob deGrom are two of the many issues facing the Mets as they get closer and closer to the All Star break.

Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs evaluated the Mets’ playoff chances in light of the continued hits to their depth that they have endured as a result of injuries.

The team does look to continue getting some players back from the injured list, as the plan right now is for Brandon Nimmo to re-join the roster during next week’s road trip.

Michael Conforto is one of many Mets players who is hoping that a strong performance in the remainder of the season will help lead to a big payday in free agency.

Francisco Lindor has made some noticeable improvements since his dismal opening to the season.

Steve Cohen once again teased the much anticipated/dreaded return of the black jerseys.

The Mets farm system received a blow yesterday, as it was revealed that infielder Shervyen Newton will miss the remainder of the season following left arm surgery.

Lindor recently posed for a lovely picture during a game.

Around the National League East

Home runs by Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies were not enough to lift the Braves to victory, as they fell to the Reds 5-3.

Kyle Schwarber continued his stretch as the hottest hitter on the planet, cracking two more homers in a 7-3 Nationals victory over the Marlins.

The Good Phight wrote about the difficult circumstances facing the Phillies as they approach the trade deadline.

Around Major League Baseball

The Astros are as hot as can be, as they put up twelve runs against the Tigers last night en route to their eleventh straight win.

Theo Epstein discussed the league’s plan to contend with the rising strikeout and sinking offensive numbers throughout the league.

With some of the league’s top prospects like Wander Franco and Jarred Kelenic having made their debuts this season, who are some of the top prospects still waiting to reach the majors?

FiveThirtyEight contemplated which teams should be first in line to make some deals at the deadline.

A group of lawmakers introduced legislation to provide financial support to minor league teams.

A number of college players got the chance to show off their skills at the MLB Draft Combine yesterday.

Keith Law at The Athletic came out with his second 2021 mock draft. Amongst other predictions, he projected the Mets to take college pitcher Sam Bachman with the tenth overall pick.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore expressed some cautious optimism about the state of the Mets on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

Brian also provided the latest -illar of the Day updates for games 61-69 (nice).

This Date in Mets History

The Mets made an odd bit of baseball history on this date in 1989 by becoming the first National League team to complete a full game without recording a single fielding assist.