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Mets Morning News: Mets lose again to literally the Pirates

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MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets began the second half of the season very similarly to how they ended it: by making the Pirates look like a much better team than they actually are. Once again the offense struggled, and once again the pitching staff suffered a death by a thousand hits against the Pittsburgh offense, and Amazins suffered a 4-1 loss.

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As if the loss last night wasn’t painful enough, Francisco Lindor also had to leave the game early due to “right side soreness” he experienced after a swing.

There were also some fireworks during the game, as tensions flared between starting pitcher Marcus Stroman and Pirates first baseman John Nogowski in an incident that made the benches clear.

J.D. Davis finally made his long-awaited return from the injured list last night, though his activation meant that the Mets were forced to designate Billy McKinney for assignment.

For his part, Davis is willing to accept a reduced role on the team for the time being.

It is not yet certain when Jacob deGrom will make his first start in the second half.

The Mets’ drafting of Kumar Rocker has the potential to have a meaningful impact for baseball fans of South Asian descent.

Mark Vientos is establishing himself as one of the more interesting prospects in the team’s farm system with his performance in Binghamton this season.

Around the National League East

Starlin Castro has been placed on administrative leave as the league investigates domestic violence allegations against him (worth noting in the linked Athletic piece are manager Davey Martinez’s surprisingly strong comments about the issue).

The Nationals pitching staff had themselves a rough night, giving up three touchdowns and a field goal in total runs (amongst which included a cycle by Jake Cronenworth) against the Padres to doom the team to a 24-8 defeat.

Washington may also pose a threat to the Mets in a potential pursuit of Kris Bryant, as the Nats apparently have interest in the third baseman.

The Phillies and Marlins split a doubleheader, with Philadelphia winning the first game 5-2 thanks to three hits and four RBIs from Travis Jankowski and Miami shutting out the Phillies bats in game 2 (led by five hitless innings by Jordan Holloway) for a 7-0 victory.

The Braves hit three homers and went into extra innings against the Rays, but an Austin Meadows RBI single in the tenth sent them home with a 7-6 loss.

The Braves also suffered an injury loss prior to the game, with starting pitcher Ian Anderson being placed on the IL with right shoulder inflammation.

Around Major League Baseball

A day after the Yankees had to contend with a COVID outbreak on their squad, the Rockies dealt with a similar situation and placed a number of players on the COVID IL.

If the COVID losses weren’t bad enough for the Yankees, they will now be without Luke Voit for a while, as the first baseman is heading to the IL with left knee inflammation.

There are a number of impressive statistical feats that certain players and teams will be attempting to chase for the remainder of the season.

After playing in different cities and stadiums since the start of the shortened 2020 season, the Blue Jays are finally returning to Toronto.

Speaking of the Jays: in case you haven’t heard, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is pretty darn impressive.

If you needed more evidence that Shohei Ohtani is awesome: he donated his earnings for participating in the Home Run Derby to members of the Angels support staff.

According to one FanGraphs statistic, Yadier Molina is now the greatest defensive player of all time.

Drew Robinson announced his retirement from playing yesterday, as he will be transitioning into a role with the Giants as a mental health advocate.

Many clubs are still on the fence as far as whether they should be buying or selling at the trade deadline.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Thomas Henderson argued that Mets fans should be encouraged by Francisco Lindor’s recent production and excited for what the second half has in store for him.

David Capobianco examined the potential threat that each NL East team could pose to the Mets in the second half of the season.

Joe Sokolowski compiled quotes about the Home Run Derby, the All Star game, the first half, and more in the latest edition of This Week in Mets Quotes.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the series against the Pirates and confidently predicted a series sweep to open up the half (whoops).

This Date in Mets History

The Mets, buoyed by grand slams off the bats of Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran, scored a then-record 11 runs in one inning against the Cubs on this date in 2006.