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

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Meet the Mets

Rain postponed last night’s Mets game against the Pirates, which will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Brandon Nimmo was initially left off the lineup because of shoulder soreness he suffered from his diving catch yesterday. He would’ve been available off the bench, but he ended up not playing because nobody played.

The current pitching plan is to start Taijuan Walker on Friday and then Marcus Stroman and Tylor Megill for the doubleheader on Saturday, with no set plans for Sunday.

There is some speculation that the team’s gaggle of postponements might favorably influence the team.

The Mets are rumored to be interested in a trade for Pittsburgh’s All-Star infielder Adam Frazier. They will have seven upcoming opportunities for an in-game uniform swap.

The Mets have the tenth overall pick in the upcoming MLB draft, and The Athletic broke down some options for the front office.

The single-A Brooklyn Cyclones are currently displaying the most exciting minor-league talent in the organization.

Mets minor leaguer Tony Dibrell, currently pitching in double-A Binghamton, underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Around the National League East

The Nationals took an 8-0 lead early against the Padres in San Diego with ace Max Scherzer on the mound. Scherzer then gave up two runs in the fourth inning before loading the bases, and he then gave up a grand slam to the recent call-up and San Diego native reliever Daniel Camarena. The Padres scored another run in the sixth and their ninth in the ninth to walk off the Nationals 9-8. It was quite a game.

Washington pitcher Joe Ross joined the injured list with elbow inflammation.

After not playing in the majors for the last two seasons, Alcides Escobar has been a surprise hit as a recent addition to the mostly punchless Washington lineup.

Federal Baseball analyzed what Juan Soto could bring to this year’s home run derby.

The Phillies beat the Cubs 8-0 behind three home runs from backup first baseman Brad Miller.

Julio Urías notched his league-leading eleventh win as the Dodgers beat the Marlins 6-1.

The Marlins agreed to pick up manager Don Mattingley’s option for next season.

The Braves had the night off, so Talking Chop asked some burning questions about the team.

After yesterday’s proceedings, the Mets remain four games ahead of the Phillies and 4.5 games ahead of the Braves and Nationals.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB and the Players’ Association agreed to extend Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave by seven days. Bauer’s camp continues to refute rape allegations against the Dodgers’ pitcher.

The Reds placed Sonny Gray on the 10-day injured list with a strained rib cage.

A’s pitcher Trevor Rosenthal will undergo hip surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Josh Hamilton’s ex-wife Katie addressed her life with the former star in a podcast with Sports Illustrated.

The balls for the home run derby next week at Coors Field will not be exposed to a humidor, launching suspicions of 500+ foot home runs by some of the contestants but mostly Pete Alonso.

Carlos Correa announced he would not participate in this year’s All-Star Game.

MLB is having difficult conversations about what the optimal in-game baseball would look and feel like.

The MLB draft is approaching! A lot of hype surrounds Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter, son of former Mets pitcher Al Leiter.

In speculative article form, The Ringer asked what would have happened if the Mariners had drafted Francisco Lindor in 2011.

Peter Gammons reminisced on the life of José Fernández, who was drafted fourteenth overall in the 2011 draft.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris addressed the Adam Frazier trade rumor.

Chris also analyzed the Mets’ need for pitching and the potentially available fits on the trade market.

Chris and Brian also released a very nice episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (the Show). Chris had a busy day!

Vas previewed the upcoming series against the Pirates.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver took a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs on this date in 1969.