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Mets Morning News: Mets pick up thrilling victory over the Braves, clock is ticking on the trade deadline

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

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets needed a win after suffering a blowout loss the previous night, and despite some tense moments, they managed to pull off a 2-1 win. After a clutch pinch-hit home run by Brandon Drury, the bullpen had a tough time closing it out. First, Jeurys Familia squashed a rally in the eighth after Aaron Loup struggled. Then, Michael Conforto threw out a runner at home in the ninth when Edwin Díaz was not at his best. Even with those tense moments the Mets picked up the victory and look to close out the series with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

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Before the game, the team called up Akeem Bostick and designated Jerad Eickhoff for assignment.

The Mets have an actual starting rotation for the next five days!

Despite that, the team needs to make starting pitching a priority so they don’t relive the nightmare of the 2007 season.

The team believes its clubhouse culture is a big reason for its success, and they are appreciative of the front office taking that into consideration as the deadline approaches.

Javier Baez would be open to playing second base but only with Francisco Lindor at shortstop.

Taijuan Walker has struggled mightily so far in the second half of the season, but the Mets are hopeful they have found the issue and corrected it.

The Mets got an exciting prospect in Kumar Rocker, but now they are on the verge of losing him with no real backup plan.

Dave Jauss became a fan favorite after his postgame press conferences when he was filling in for Luis Rojas, and it has been quite a ride with his long career in baseball.

Around the National League East

Travis d’Arnaud and Huascar Ynoa are close to beginning rehab assignments for Atlanta.

Talking Chop lamented the lack of offense in the Braves’ loss to the Mets.

The Marlins were a bit busy and made a couple of moves ahead of the trade deadline. They traded Starling Marte to the Athletics in exchange for Jesus Luzardo and they sent Yimi Garcia to the Astros for Bryan De La Cruz.

On the field, Miami dropped their game against the Orioles by a final score of 8-7.

The Phillies had a disastrous offseason, so now the team has to course correct at the trade deadline and hope they don’t pay too high a price.

The Nationals had a total of twelve positive cases for COVID-19 so their game against the Phillies was postponed.

The Dodgers, Giants, and Padres are reportedly the three teams that are keen on trading for Max Scherzer.

Around Major League Baseball

A couple of other teams made some moves. The Reds acquired reliever Mychal Givens from the Rockies, the Brewers traded for Arizona slugger Eduardo Escobar, and the Yankees have reportedly traded for slugger Joey Gallo.

While a few players have already been on the move, expect a few more to find new teams before the trade deadline passes.

Cubs star Javier Baez was fined for taunting Amir Garrett after he got a walk-off hit against the Reds reliever.

The Rangers have reportedly signed Jack Leiter with a $7.9 million bonus. Leiter was their top pick in the draft and taken at number two overall.

The hearing for the temporary restraining order against Trevor Bauer has been pushed back to August 16.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On the latest episode of A Pod of Their Own, the Mets’ second half, the home run horse, and the trade deadline were all discussed.

Chris McShane tried to find the Mets a relief pitcher.

Allison McCague took a look at how the pitchers fared in her Player Meter.

Lukas Vlahos analyzed how trades can affect a team’s playoff chances.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, Wilmer Flores cried on the field.