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Mets Morning News: Marcus Stroman dominates Reds, Mets head home with series win

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

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On a day the Mets desperately needed length from their starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman certainly delivered and then some. He pitched eight shutout innings and allowed just one hit in the series finale against the Reds. He got plenty of offensive support with blasts by Jonathan Villar, Dominic Smith, and Luis Guillorme. Smith had the biggest blast which was a grand slam that put the Mets up big early and the team cruised to an easy victory. They now have a much-needed off day before heading home to play the Blue Jays.

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Despite Stroman’s brilliant performance, the team still needs help in the rotation and should make a move before the deadline, especially since Carlos Carrasco was shaky in his latest rehab start and the team has pushed back his return.

With Robert Stock on the injured list, who is even left to pitch in the upcoming homestand?

Jacob deGrom continues to improve and was seen tossing at Citi Field.

Dominic Smith’s grand slam continued his recent stretch of hot hitting where he has 14 RBIs in the last 17 games.

The offense as whole has looked much better so the need to trade for a bat isn’t as pressing as it was in the beginning of the year.

Mets fans held their breath when Jeff McNeil exited the game early, but it was just precautionary after he experienced some fatigue.

After being designated for assignment, the Mets traded Billy McKinney to the Dodgers for outfielder Carlos Rincon.

Around the National League East

The Braves dropped their first game of a doubleheader against the Padres by a score of 3-2. Since apparently it rains in other places besides just on the Mets, the second game was suspended in the fifth due to rain.

Derek Jeter and the Marlins signed Jared Pettitte, the son of Jeter’s former teammate Andy Pettitte.

Despite having ample opportunities to win, the Phillies were walked off by the Yankees in the tenth inning.

The Nationals lost to the Marlins 3-1 in extra innings.

Around Major League Baseball

With Major League Baseball cracking down on sticky stuff mid-season, could the rise in pitching injuries be a consequence of that decision?

So far the effects of the crackdown have not led to the dramatic increase in offense that many had hoped for.

White Sox rookie slugger Yermin Mercedes posted on Instagram that he will be retiring from baseball and was seemingly apologetic for having fun back in April.

Eddy Alvarez will be one of the flag bearers for Team USA during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2021 Olympics.

Nick Castellanos revealed on his Instagram that a recent CT scan showed a microfracture on his wrist and he won’t play for at least a couple of days.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 94 of A Pod of Their Own, Sheryl Ring joined the show to discuss Trevor Bauer’s legal situation.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets and Reds played an ugly game on this date in 1986. The benches emptied when Eric Davis slid into Ray Knight and Knight responded by punching him in the face.