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Mets Morning News: Eighteen in seventeen

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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

The Mets did not play a baseball game yesterday. But that’s okay! They are scheduled to play eighteen baseball games in the next seventeen days.

The first of those eighteen starts tonight in Queens against the Blue Jays, where Tylor Megill will go up against old friend Steven Matz, who the Mets traded to Toronto this past offseason.

Many used the off-day to speculate on trade possibilities, with the Mets moving aggressively and also adapting to a potentially improved lineup.

Marcus Stroman used the off day to announce a partnership with Therabody, maker of the Theragun. Stroman also reflected on how well the team has fought through adversity this season, with Taijuan Walker calling Stroman “an ace on any other team.”

Stroman, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, says he hasn’t negotiated a new contract with the Mets.

Mets' third-round draft pick Dominic Hamel signed with the team.

The Dave Jauss coming-out party continues!

Around the National League East

The Braves beat the Phillies 7-2 last night in Philadelphia behind a third-inning Dansby Swanson grand slam.

Blake Snell held down the Marlins lineup through six innings as San Diego outlasted Miami 6-2.

The Nationals enjoyed an off-day yesterday before beginning their Beltway Bonanza in Baltimore tonight.

With yesterday’s proceedings, the Mets now hold a 4-game lead in the division over the Braves and the Phillies, with the Nationals holding a 6-game defecit.

Around Major League Baseball

The Twins agreed to trade veteran slugger Nelson Cruz and a minor league pitcher to the Rays for two minor league pitchers. They also continue to shop star pitcher José Berrios.

Minnesota dropped a tight 3-2 game to the Angels last night, with the Rays defeating Cleveland 5-4 in ten innings.

The Yankees are amongst the teams looking at Trevor Story, who would likely play shortstop with Gleyber Torres moving to second base if he were to join the team. The Yankees blew a two-run ninth-inning lead and fell to the Red Sox 5-4 in Boston.

Doctors have diagnosed Nick Castellanos with a microfracture in his wrist, and this could bench him for the next couple of weeks.

After announcing an indefinite retirement from baseball last night, Yermín Mercedes appeared on the active roster and in uniform for the triple-A Charlotte Knights last night.

The Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-2 last night in Chicago. Kris Bryant sat out of the game with an injured hamstring.

Many MLB front offices voiced frustration with the changes made to this year’s draft schedule.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian continued his very serious analysis of two key players on the Mets roster.

Lukas named Jaylen Palmer and Connor Grey the minor league players of the week.

Robert spoke about former number one draft pick Shawn Abner on this week’s episode of UnforMETable.

This Date in Mets History

José Reyes played really well a few times on this date. Current Met Joey Lucchesi also beat current Met Jacob deGrom despite deGrom’s ten strikeouts over eight innings on this date in 2018.