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Mets Morning News: Davis, Carrasco to return soon

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets split a doubleheader with the Pirates, dropping the first game 6-2 due to an unfortunate homer by the opposing pitcher and a poor relief performance by Trevor May. But the Mets bounced back in the nightcap, winning 4-2, backed by a solid showing from the bullpen and key hits from Jeff McNeil and the scorching hot Pete Alonso.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short (Game 1 | Game 2) and long, MLB.com, NY Post, Daily News, Newsday, North Jersey

The Mets will activate J.D. Davis in Pittsburgh to begin the second half of the season, but manager Luis Rojas would not commit to Davis being the every day starting third baseman.

The Mets are likely going to not use Jacob deGrom on short rest today. Instead the Mets will have a bullpen game for today’s game. deGrom will likely pitch Saturday or Sunday in Pittsburgh.

With yesterday’s doubleheader, the Mets became the first team since the 1978 Blue Jays to have ten doubleheaders before the All-Star Break.

Carlos Carrasco threw 29 pitches in a bullpen session and looked “really, really good,” according to Luis Rojas. He will begin a rehab assignment soon and will hopefully be back soon thereafter.

Carrasco’s imminent return is an extremely good sign for the Mets, writes Laura Albanese of Newsday.

Luis Rojas also said that he was “surprised” that the boos from the home crowd were still weighing on Francisco Lindor.

Around the National League East

The Braves bested the Marlins 5-4, lifting them to a .500 record for the season.

But, it was a costly win for the Braves. Ronald Acuña Jr. was carted off the field after suffering an apparent knee injury in Miami. It was later revealed that Acuña suffered a complete tear of his ACL and will require season-ending surgery. Manny Machado will replace Acuña on the National League All-Star roster.

Fish Stripes did a mock draft for the Marlins in the 2021 MLB draft.

The Nationals lost to the Giants 10-4, in part due to defensive errors behind Jon Lester.

The Nationals have placed catcher Yan Gomes on the 10-day IL with an oblique strain.

Joe Ross’ father Willie Ross saved a fan’s life at yesterday’s game between the Nationals and Giants by performing the Heimlich maneuver to help the fan avoid choking on a hot dog.

The Phillies put up an eight-run eighth inning en route to an 11-2 rout of the Red Sox.

Phillies’ Alec Bohm was removed from yesterday’s game because of COVID protocols.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB announced several replacements besides Taijuan Walker to be among the 2021 All-Stars.

Joel Sherman of the Post breaks down the Yankees’ historic poor performance in the MLB draft, despite the fact that they have usually had low picks due to their strong record.

Gerrit Cole threw a complete game shutout yesterday against the Astros and Dusty Baker said the end of the outing reminded him of Tom Seaver.

Yadier Molina has elected not to play in the All-Star Game to give him extra time to rest a foot injury that has plagued him this season. Brewers’ catcher Omar Narváez was named as his replacement.

David Lennon of Newsday gave out his MLB midseason awards.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa brought us the Daily Prospect Report.

Chris McShane covered the news that Taijuan Walker was selected as an All-Star.

Our minors team performed a mock draft on the latest episode of From Complex To Queens.

This Date in Mets History

Fifteen years ago today, the Mets sent a franchise record six players to the 2006 All-Star Game. This year, Taijuan Walker will be the only player representing the 2021 Mets on the field in the game, although Jacob deGrom was also chosen, but declined to participate.