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Mets Morning News: Hill and Megill chill rotation ills

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets got their weekend series against the Blue Jays started with a 3-0 victory. Tylor Megill started for the Amazins and was again very effective, pitching six shutout innings against the powerhouse Toronto lineup. Meanwhile, Pete Alonso hit two homers—his second of which went 450 feet into the second decker in left-center field—to score all of the Mets’ runs, and Seth Lugo, Trevor May, and Edwin Diaz combined for three shutout innings to secure the victory. Also, there was a horse.

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“Wait,” you say confusedly, putting down your morning coffee. “Did he... say there was a horse?” Yes, there was a indeed a horse (albeit a stuffed one) in the dugout last night.

Earlier in the day yesterday, the Mets made a much-needed acquisition to bolster their beleaguered starting rotation, acquiring Rich Hill from the Rays in exchange for Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer.

Luis Rojas and Trevor May are two Mets figures who expressed excitement about the Hill acquisition.

Jeff McNeil was not available in last night’s game due to what the Mets are calling “left leg fatigue,” and he is unlikely to be available in today’s game as well.

Francisco Lindor is still recovering from his injury, but he took the time yesterday to make some community visits yesterday in Queens.

Hitting coach Huge Quattlebaum offered his thoughts on a number of the mainstays in the Mets’ starting lineup.

The Mets have reportedly begun to implement some improvements in the housing and pay they provide to minor league players, though the team still has not officially commented to lay out those improvements.

After designating Johneshwy Fargas for assignment earlier this week, the right-handed outfielder was claimed on waivers by the Cubs.

Around the National League East

Patrick Corbin and the Nationals got roughed up by their Beltway rivals in Baltimore, with Pat Valaika hitting two homers (!?) to help lead the Orioles to a 6-1 victory.

Stephen Strasburg continues to deal with discomfort in his neck and does not appear to be close to returning.

Starlin Castro’s administrative league was extended by the league for an additional seven days as the investigation into domestic violence allegations against the shortstop continues.

Zack Wheeler pitched seven solid innings, J.T. Realmuto hit a homer, and Bryce Harper had two hits and three stolen bases, and the Phillies won the second game of their series against the Braves 5-1.

According to Jon Heyman, many teams believe that the Phillies may be getting ready to make some aggressive deadline acquisitions.

Both the Marlins and the Padres got eight hits last night, but the former squad only managed to score two runs on those eight hits (with one coming via an Adam Duvall solo homer), and they fell to San Diego 5-2.

Around Major League Baseball

After much speculation, the Cleveland baseball team announced (with some help from Tom Hanks) that they will be adopting “Guardians” as their new name beginning in the 2022 season.

The future Guardians had themselves an embarrassing defensive performance in last night’s game, surrendering a little league home run to Randy Arozarena.

Kieran Lovegrove and Shane Kelso, the former a Double A pitcher in the Angels organization and the latter who played in the team’s system before retiring early this year, went on record to discuss the impacts of the poor pay and limited housing options available to minor league players.

In their continued efforts to both improve the pace of play and eliminate sign stealing, MLB will soon be using the minor leagues to test out electronic devices which will allow catchers communicate pitch signs to the pitchers

Albert Pujols has carved himself a role as a right-handed option against lefty pitchers for the Dodgers.

A group of former starting pitchers discussed what it’s like to pitch with an opposing pitcher in the batter’s box.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis returned to his normal duties of previewing series after some less talented writer filled in for him earlier this week.

Brian Salvatore was joined by From Complex to Flushing co-host Lukas Vlahos to discuss the Rich Hill acquisition, the upcoming trade deadline, and the minor league situation on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1993, Anthony Young suffered his 27th consecutive loss, yet was somehow beaten out for biggest loser of the day by Vince Coleman, who threw a firework towards a group of people and was subsequently placed on administrative lead. The early 90s Mets, everybody!