Meets the Mets
Joel Sherman doesn’t see anything that makes sense about the first-place Mets, who have held on to the top spot in the division for a month now.
FiveThirtyEight broke down the reasons why the Mets might actually be good.
Mets fans very often expect the worse—with good reason, I might add—but Justin Toscano explained why fans have a reason to think things might be different with this year’s squad.
The Mets have a ‘grand plan’ this year focused around shifting, and it has turned around their defense.
Several Mets players took to Twitter to defend Jacob deGrom against an unfounded and ludicrous accusation of cheating.
Dominic Smith’s last week at the plate is an encouraging sign following his early-season offensive struggles, writes Deesha Thosar.
Tim Healey shared a conversation with Jeremy Barnes, the organization’s new farm system boss.
Oscar Rojas of the St. Lucie Mets has been named the Low-A Southeast Player of the Week.
Around the National League East
Marcell Ozuna will be a real test for MLB’s Domestic Violence Policy, writes Sheryl Ring for Beyond The Box Score.
Capacity limits have been disappearing at Citizens Bank Park, but Phillies fans have also disappeared from the park.
Around Major League Baseball
MLB released this week’s Power Rankings, with the Top 10 still inexplicably missing the Mets.
Baseball America released their updated Top 100 Prospects.
Umpire Joe West discussed enforcing MLB’s new policy on foreign substances, player reaction, and potential pushback. (Paywall Alert)
The Athletic examined why sending down Kelenic was the right move. (Paywall Alert)
The Dodgers invested a lot of money in Trevor Bauer, but with the league cracking down on doctored baseballs, they don’t know what to expect from him. You hate to see it.
Stephen Nesbitt of The Athletic spoke with Mike Caruso, a former strongman and the individual who invented Spider Tack, the stickiest stuff at the center of the foreign substance, grip-enhancing controversy. (Paywall Alert)
MLB radio announcers are starting to resume traveling, but TV broadcasters are still stuck calling games remotely, and they’re not happy about it. (Paywall Alert)
The Padres topped the Chicago Cubs 9-4.
Pitcher Tyler Zombro, who is pitching for Triple-A Durham Bulls (an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) underwent “major” brain surgery after being hit with a line drive. Doctors are optimistic following the procedure, and expect him to be released from the hospital in about one week.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Thomas Henderson pointed out that extending Marcus Stroman should be a top priority for the team (and I couldn’t agree more).
If you missed Episode 117 of From Complex to Queens, here’s your chance to listen!
This Date in Mets History
On this date, the Mets mounted a rally at PNC Park to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5. Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game, and Wilmer Flores drove in the go-ahead run in the tenth.