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The Mets split a doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves yesterday, as they were shut out in the first game and did the shutting out in the second game. In Game 1, Marcus Stroman allowed runs in the third and fourth, and that was more than enough for Kyle Muller, who didn’t allow a run against New York over five to earn his second career win. The Mets’ bats, tasked with facing 3 left-handed pitchers in the contest, came up empty. In the second game, the Mets opened with Aaron Loup and used six different relievers for the combined shutout. The Mets couldn’t do anything against Bryse Wilson, but finally broke through in the fifth against Luke Jackson. Brandon Nimmo had a one-out single, and Jeff McNeil drove him home with a double for the game’s lone run.
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Prior to the game, GM Zack Scott spoke with the media and revealed that Jacob deGrom is close, while Francisco Lindor is 3-5 weeks away from his return. A mid-to-late August return seems realistic at this point for the shortstop.
He left the door open for Noah Syndergaard being a reliever in September or October, but he did not commit tp the right-hander’s role.
Scott also cautioned that, while the team plans to make moves, he does not want to bring in a player who will mess with the clubhouse’s chemistry.
While he commented on many things, he did not comment on Kumar Rocker, and said he will wait until the August 1 deadline to provide an update.
The Mets are looking at starting pitchers who will be free agents after this year, so José Berríos might not be on their radar.
It seems as if trading within the division will not be an obstacle, and the team is expected to look anywhere and everywhere for starting pitching. Could that open the door for a potential trade for Max Scherzer?
If that’s the case, Ken Davidoff believes the Mets should make an all-out push for the rival right-hander.
David Lennon agreed that the Mets would be wise to try trading for Scherzer.
The Mets could get some rotation help soon from within, as Luis Rojas said deGrom ‘felt good’ after his first session off the mound. He indicated that expects the right-hander, and he will throw a light side session during one of the next two days.
Rojas also hinted at Carlos Carrasco’s next start being with the big league club. This could potentially come on Saturday, with Rich Hill currently scheduled to start on Friday night.
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The latest edition of Tim Britton’s This Week In Mets is here. (Paywall Alert)
Around the National League East
The Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 thanks to an Andrew McCutchen walk-off, three-run home run. The victory helped them gain a half-game on the Mets in the standings.
Peter Gammons’ sources have told him the Washington Nationals is not planning to commit long-term to shortstop Trea Turner.
Unsurprisingly, Washington is receiving strong interest in their star shortstop.
As such, Jon Heyman revealed that he has heard everybody on the Washington roster but Juan Soto is available.
Braves pitcher Ian Anderson will likely need a rehab start before returning.
Around Major League Baseball
The Minnesota Twins topped the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in ten innings. In that game, Twins pitcher Taylor Rogers exited with a left middle finger sprain. He is expected to draw interest ahead of the deadline.
The streaking Kansas City Royals held off the first-place White Sox 4-3 to earn their sixth consecutive victory.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
I previewed the team’s five-game series against the Braves.
Allison McCague brought us the pitcher meters for the first half.
On Episode 126 of From Complex to Queens, the crew discussed Steve Cohen’s response to how the club compensates minor leaguers, and why they still have a long way to go.
This Date in Mets History
Gary Carter was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 2003.