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The Mets took the opener from the Milwaukee Brewers by a 4-2 score, thanks to another solid outing from Tylor Megill and some clutch hits in the seventh. Milwaukee jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth against Megill thanks to an Omar Narvaez homer, but New York knotted things up in the bottom half of the frame. The Mets managed just one hit off All Star Brandon Woodruff until the seventh, when the offense broke through against him. Pete Alonso’s two-run double was the big knock, while Michael Conforto drove in a fourth run on a single. In the ninth, Edwin Díaz made things interesting, allowing a run to score and bringing the go-ahead run to the plate with zero outs, but he buckled down and retired three straight to earn the save.
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Alonso, who homered twice on Sunday and will participate in next week’s Home Run Derby, has teamed up with artist Gregory Siff to design some custom-painted bats that the first baseman will use in the 2021 competition.
Conforto was mired in an 0-for-13 slump, but picked the best possible time to break out of it.
Since returning over the weekend, Brandon Nimmo has sparked the Mets’ offense.
Noah Syndergaard took a break from tormenting Rich Staff on Twitter to play catch in the outfield at Citi Field as he continues to rehab from Tommy John Surgery.
Carlos Carrasco was spotted at Citi Field doing fielding practice prior to Monday’s game. It seems as if the Mets might bring him back before he is fully stretched out, which could be in late July.
The Mets are looking at Nick Tropeano and Robert Stock as potential contenders to start for them on Wednesday. Stock is apparently a “strong option”, according to Luis Rojas.
Jerad Eickhoff cleared waivers and is back in the Mets’ organization on a minor league contract.
The Mets will consider trading for a short-term rental, but Zack Scott added that the club will be careful with those kinds of deals.
Scott said there is a possibility the team could add an impact bat at the deadline, but doesn’t want to make any predictions.
Scott doesn’t see any current prospect as “untouchable” but has a few that he and the team view as part of the future.
David Lennon believes the Mets should add an arm, or maybe two, before the July 31 trade deadline.
Dellin Betances will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday to remove a Bennett lesion in his shoulder.
On Sunday, the Mets tweeted about a lost dog that was spotted near Citi Field. Yesterday, they shared the happy news that the dog, “Prince” has been reunited with their owner.
Keith Hernandez missed last night’s game and is resting as he recovers from an unusual injury involving a hot tub. Yes, a hot tub. Sending our best wishes to Keith!
Tim Healey shared his Mets notes, which includes updates on the injured Syndergaard and Carrasco.
The Wilpons have failed in their efforts to unload SNY, at least for now.
Around the National League East
The Atlanta Braves were routed by the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1.
The Philadelphia Phillies demolished the sinking Chicago Cubs 13-3.
Despite Fernando Tatis Jr. putting on a show at the plate and in the field, the Washington Nationals still won 7-5 against the San Diego Padres.
The Miami Marlins upset the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4.
The Marlins appear to have offered outfielder Starling Marte an insultingly-low three-year contract extension worth $30 million.
Sixto Sanchez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a tear in the posterior capsule of his right shoulder. Miami expects the right-hander to be ready for spring training next year.
It appears Sanchez was diagnosed with the tear in March, but rehab was initially recommended in an attempt to avoid surgery.
The Phillies have had an uneven first half, but they remain in the mix for the NL East.
MASN wondered whether the weekend sweep against the Dodgers was merely a blip for the Nationals, or a sign of worse things to come.
Around Major League Baseball
Sports Illustrated revisited Derek Jeter’s origin story, which did not include gift baskets.
Dodgers’ legend Dave Stewart is so angry about the team’s refusal to discipline Trevor Bauer after he was accused of sexual assault that he is planning to skip the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the 1981 World Series championship.
Dave Roberts doesn’t see Bauer returning at the end of his seven-day administrative leave, which stemmed from the sexual assault allegations brought against him.
Joel Sherman spoke with New York Yankees’ vice president/assistant GM Mike Fishman about the chatter around the league that the team’s struggles is due to their over-reliance on analytics.
In last night’s loss, Albert Pujols became just the fourth player in major league history to amass 6,000 total bases in his career, joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, and Willie Mays.
The Cubs inked Former Met catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year major league contract, and DFA’ed catcher Taylor Gushue.
The St. Louis Cardinals topped the San Francisco Giants 5-3.
The Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4.
The Tampa Bay Rays rallied to walk off Cleveland 9-8.
The Minnesota Twins beat the first-place Chicago White Sox 8-5.
The Detroit Tigers defeated the Texas Rangers 7-3.
The Cincinnati Reds won 6-2 against the Kansas City Royals, as there’s a drive to deep left center field by Nick Castellanos.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
I previewed the team’s series against the Brewers, which started last night.
Check out Episode 121 of From Complex to Queens, which is live for your listening pleasure!
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2019, the Mets rallied to beat the Phillies 6-5 in a contest that featured a bizarre and heated moment. After Jake Arrieta plunked Todd Frazier in the fifth, Frazier and Mickey Callaway were ejected when umpires issues warnings to both sides. The Mets eventually went ahead later in the inning on a Tomás Nido bases-clearing double. Following the game, the hotheaded Arrieta threatened to put a dent in Frazier’s skull.