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Taijuan Walker had his second bad start in a row, as the Mets fell to the Blue Jays 10-3. Walker gave up two homers, the second one a crushing three-run shot off the bat of Marcus Semien that put the Mets in a 6-0 deficit. Walker appeared to be nursing an injury as well, but stayed in the game. The Mets clawed back against Hyun Jin Ryu to pull within three, but the bullpen poured gasoline on the fire and the Mets’ bats were subsequently quieted by the Blue Jays bullpen and their defense, who made fantastic plays on hard outs all night.
“I’ll be fine,” Taijuan Walker said of his recent struggles after last night’s game. “It’s a long season, 30-plus starts. These starts are going to happen. I don’t want them to happen. But they are going to happen. And now I’ve got to find a way to bounce back and go back out there and get back out to what I was doing in the beginning of the year.”
Carlos Carrasco will make another rehab start today at Triple-A Syracuse and will therefore not be pitching for the Mets on Monday. Rich Hill makes his first Mets start today and Marcus Stroman will take the mound for one of the games of Monday’s doubleheader, but beyond that, it’s TBA for the Mets rotation.
Meanwhile, David Peterson, who was already on the injured list due to an oblique strain, suffered a Jones fracture in his foot while walking through the clubhouse that will require surgery to repair.
Jacob deGrom is still just receiving treatment and playing catch, according to Luis Rojas. He may need a rehab start before returning from the injured list.
The Mets’ fun-loving attitude and goofy hijinks like the home run horse make them a fun team to watch, even when they lose, writes Steve Serby of the Post.
Mets Hall of Fame inductees Ron Darling and Jon Matlack reflect on their careers in an interview with the Bergen Record.
Around the National League East
The Nationals lost to the Orioles 5-3, as their offense was shut down by Matt Harvey.
The Nationals are open to moving anyone not named Juan Soto “at the right price.”
But one of their most important trade chips in Max Scherzer was scratched from his start due to triceps discomfort. However, Scherzer is confident that the issue is minor and just did not want to aggravate it by starting last night.
The Braves reinstated Ender Inciarte from the injured list and then subsequently designated him for assignment.
The Phillies need to shake things up, writes John Stolnis at The Good Phight.
The Phillies will “be aggressive” in the trade market, says president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
The Marlins notched a 3-2 come from behind victory over the Padres, thanks to a strong performance from rookie Braxton Garrett, who struck out ten and earned his second major league win.
The Marlins are discussing a contract extension with their young starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara.
Around Major League Baseball
Joon Lee of ESPN wrote about the horrible conditions the players in the Angels minor league system are dealing with—living out of vans and cars, mental health crises due to financial strain, lack of access to quality food—that are representative of a rampant problem across the league.
The Rangers are exploring a contract extension with Joey Gallo, who has been the subject of a lot of trade rumors.
Twins reliever Taylor Rogers has drawn a lot of interest in the trade market, reports Jon Heyman.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Thomas Henderson brought us the Daily Prospect Report, in which J.T. Ginn had a strong High-A debut.
Steve Sypa published his profile of the Mets’ tenth draft pick, Keyshawn Askew—a left-handed pitcher from Clemson.
This Date in Mets History
Happy birthday Billy Wagner!