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Mets Morning News: Natinal Punishment

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

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The Mets played a standalone game in DC and were beaten 8-4 by the Washington Nationals. Things got off to an inauspicious start as Jerad Eickhoff surrendered home runs to Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner to lead off the game. Schwarber hit another one later in the contest, and Gerardo Parra added a solo shot as Washington built a five-run lead. The Mets scratched out a run in the seventh and used back-to-back dingers from Pete Alonso and Billy McKinney in the eighth to draw to within a run, but a Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer in the bottom half of that frame dashed any dreams of a comeback.

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Eickhoff believes he may have been tipping his pitches in last night’s outing, and says he will be taking a look at it.

Following a potential double play in the eighth that was booted by Travis Blankenhorn, Luis Rojas says that they “trust our positioning” and called it a miscommunication between Blankenhorn and Francisco Lindor.

Brandon Nimmo was originally slated to return tonight, but he will be pushed back to the weekend in order to get some more rehab games in.

Taijuan Walker will also be getting some extra rest, and will now pitch Friday instead of Wednesday. David Peterson will go on Wednesday on normal rest.

Jordan Yamamoto, who is eligible to return from the IL on July 23, is doing some light throwing down in Port St. Lucie.

Justin Toscano looked into how Tony Tarasco bouncing a lacrosse ball to his outfielders has helped Dominic Smith in left.

The Mets have purchased the contract of right-hander Dustin Beggs, whom they drafted in 2015, from the independent Lexington Legends. He reached Triple-A as a member of the Miami Marlins organization in 2019.

Tim Healey caught you up on all the latest news around the team on yesterday’s Mets Notebook.

On the latest This Week in Mets, Tim Britton ponders whether any other Mets will make the All Star Team besides Jacob deGrom. (Paywall Alert)

Around the National League East

If there is one small bright spot to be found last night, it’s that the Cincinnati Reds trounced the Philadelphia Phillies 12-4.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution explored the Atlanta Braves’ pivotal 12-game stretch leading into the All Star Break.

Atlanta will roll with Charlie Morton, Max Fried, and Ian Anderson over the next three games against the Mets.

MLB Trade Rumors examined the Marlins’ trade deadline outlook.

Around Major League Baseball

Trevor Bauer recently called himself unlucky with respect to his increase in home runs. But is this true? Ben Clemens of Fangraphs investigated the claim.

Josh Rawitch has been named the next President of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

To kick off HOPE Week, the New York Yankees fulfilled the dreams of Gwen Goldman who, 60 years earlier, had penned a letter to the team asking to be a batgirl.

The Milwaukee Brewers obliterated the Chicago Cubs 14-4.

The Colorado Rockies blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2.

The St. Louis Cardinals easily handled the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1.

Shohei Ohtani hit another homer as the Los Angeles Angeles won 5-3 against the Yankees in the Bronx.

The Baltimore Orioles topped the Houston Astros 9-7.

The first-place Boston Red Sox stormed back to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5.

Cleveland pounded the Detroit Tigers 13-5.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague brought us the position player meters for the week!

I previewed the team’s single-game series against the Nationals.

Looking to learn the latest on the happenings in the Mets’ minor league system? Listen to Episode 120 of From Complex to Queens!

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, the Mets and Yankees played the final Subway Series game at Shea Stadium, with the Mets picking up a 3-1 victory over their crosstown rivals.