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Mets Morning News: Back to Black

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

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Meet the Mets

With much anticipation, the Mets announced they will be wearing black jerseys on July 30th and for every Friday home game throughout the rest of the season.

The jerseys, which look to resemble those worn from the late 90s to early 10s, are not yet for sale, though the team has made an inquiry form available for those wishing to purchase a jersey.

After a four-day break for everyone except Pete Alonso and Taijuan Walker, the Mets travel to Pittsburgh to play the last half of their season series against the Pirates.

Jacob deGrom will start tonight’s game and Marcus Stroman will start Sunday’s game, while the team waits on Taijuan Walker’s post-All-Star status before announcing him as the starting pitcher on Saturday.

Carlos Carrasco pitched two innings in a rehab assignment in Brooklyn last night, striking out two while giving up one hit. Carrasco spoke highly of his first pitching assignment of the season.

Mets players and staff remain below the 85% vaccination threshold despite the team’s insistence to reticent members.

Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner has recommended Twins pitcher José Berríos to the front office as a potential trade candidate

Around the National League East

Atlanta acquired Joc Pederson from the Cubs via trade.

The Inquirer supports a vaccination mandate for players and staff in the Phillies organization.

Despite a disappointing first half, the Phillies are looking like buyers as the deadline approaches. The Good Phight proposed some trade packages for hitters that could be acquired.

Fish Stripes published an appreciation for the two Marlins’ sluggers Jesús Aguilar and Adam Duvall.

Around Major League Baseball

Last night’s Yankees-Red Sox game, set to be the only game of the day, was postponed after a COVID outbreak appeared in the Yankees clubhouse.

Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka, and Gio Urshela were all placed in COVID protocol. Because Judge played in the All-Star Game, the league conducted contact tracing with Red Sox players, as well.

Mariner’s pitcher Hector Santiago became the first pitcher punished for violating the league’s new foreign substance policy, as the league upheld his ten-game suspension.

Next Tuesday’s Orioles-Rays game in Tampa will feature the first all-women broadcasting team in MLB history.

The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke advocated for the Dodgers to cut Trevor Bauer.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve had a busy day! First he profiled the five high-schoolers that did not sign with the Mets after the 2018 draft now that they are once-again draft eligible.

He then profiled the Mets’ fourth and fifth picks from the 2021 draft, JT Schwartz and Christian Scott, respectively. Go Christian!

Brian and Chris talked about the All-Star Break on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

Carlos Beltrán and Cliff Floyd both hit grand slams in the sixth inning of a 13-7 win against the Cubs on this date in 2006.

The Mets have not won a game on this date since 2011. Much of those dates had no games because of the All-Star Break or the pandemic, but still! A ten-year July 16th not-winning streak!