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The Mets bullpen blew a six-run lead late, as the Mets suffered another backbreaking loss at the hands of the last-place Pirates by a score of 9-7. In his first start since returning from the injured list, J.D. Davis hit two home runs that helped the Mets open up a 6-0 lead and Tylor Megill pitched six scoreless innings. But the good things ended there. After Trevor May pitched a scoreless seventh, Seth Lugo gave up five runs in the eighth before needing to be bailed out by Aaron Loup. That necessitated the use of Edwin Díaz in the ninth, but he gave up a walk-off grand slam on a ball that had an xBA of .040 and that was all she wrote.
Yesterday, Francisco Lindor revealed that he has a Grade 2 oblique strain—an injury that typically takes about 4-6 weeks to heal. Travis Blankenhorn was recalled from Triple-A to take Lindor’s spot on the roster.
The Mets also announced yesterday that Jacob deGrom is experiencing forearm tightness and won’t be starting Monday’s game. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but he will not resume throwing until the tightness subsides.
The Mets released Stephen Tarpley yesterday.
Tim Britton of The Athletic did an interview with Gary Thorne about being back in the Mets broadcast booth.
Around the National League East
In a scary and unsettling moment, last night’s game between the Nationals and the Padres was suspended in the sixth inning with the Padres ahead 8-4 due to a shooting just outside the third base gate of Nationals Park that injured three people and sent players and fans ducking for cover. The game will resume at 1:05pm ET today.
The game between the Phillies and Marlins was also suspended, but this suspension was due to weather. After the Phillies bullpen blew yet another save, the skies opened with the score tied at two runs apiece. The game will resume this afternoon at 1:05pm with the score tied in the tenth inning.
The Phillies signed their first round draft pick Andrew Painter for a $3.9 million bonus. They have come to terms with all eleven of their 2021 draftees.
The Good Phight wrote about Joey Gallo as a potential fit for the Phillies in trade.
The Braves beat the Rays 9-0, as Max Fried had quite the day, pitching tossing seven scoreless innings and collecting a career-high three hits with the bat.
Around Major League Baseball
The fact that the Cubs have become sellers, beginning to tear down a six-year long period of success, is a tribute to just how amazing it is that the Yankees have stayed competitive over the past few decades, only rarely selling off pieces, writes Joel Sherman of the Post.
The Blue Jays have been approved to have up to 15,000 fans in attendance at the Rogers Centre once they return to Toronto.
Tim Locastro, recently acquired by the Yankees, has a torn ACL.
Will Leitch of MLB.com ranked every 2021 MLB playoff race—each of the divisions and the wild card in each league.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Ken Laving brought us the Daily Prospect Report.
Chris McShane covered the injury updates on Francisco Lindor and Jacob deGrom.
This Date in Mets History
On July 18, 2006, Carlos Beltrán became just the 22nd player in history to hit grand slams in back-to-back games.