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

Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets walked off the Reds 5-4 on a Brandon Drury single in the bottom of the tenth inning. With the Mets down 4-1 in the sixth, Javier Báez launched his first homer as a Met—a two run shot that brought the Mets within a run (and would have been a game-tying blast if Jonathan Villar had not gotten picked off second base). The Mets bullpen held the Reds at four runs and Dominic Smith supplied the game-tying hit in the bottom of the ninth, setting up Drury’s heroics in the tenth.

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Brandon Nimmo is still considered day-to-day after he felt a “pinch” in his hamstring during Friday’s game. He was not in the lineup last night and was not available off the bench. The Mets are “optimistic” about his situation, however.

“I like what the Dodgers are doing,” Mets owner Steve Cohen said back in November when he took over control of the team. But the Mets have a long way to go until they’re the East Coast Dodgers, writes Tim Britton of The Athletic.

Javier Báez will wear uniform number 23 with the Mets. His previous jersey number (9) is currently being worn by Brandon Nimmo. David Peterson had been wearing number 23, which he switched to before the season, but he gave it up for Báez.

Around the National League East

The Marlins lost to the Yankees 4-2 in Miami, but they got Trevor Rogers back from the injured list.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who is vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. His case is reportedly isolated and he is experiencing “mild symptoms.” Bench coach James Rowson will manage the Marlins while Mattingly is away from the team.

The Phillies were walked off by the Pirates 3-2, despite Aaron Nola’s strong outing.

Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito suffered a medical emergency in yesterday’s IronPigs game and received treatment from paramedics on the field. He was eventually taken to the hospital and the game between the IronPigs and the Rochester Red Wings was postponed.

The Nationals lost to the Cubs 6-3 in DC, with many new players taking center stage with the departure of much of their roster at the trading deadline.

Dansby Swanson had himself a game, driving in seven runs in the Braves’ 8-1 victory over the Brewers.

Around Major League Baseball

Ken Davidoff of the Post reviews the big winners and the big losers at the trading deadline. He lists the Mets among the losers.

Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery next week.

The Padres placed Fernando Tatis Jr. on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder subluxation. He has dealt with this injury before, which only required a minimum stint on the IL, and the Padres are hoping the situation will be similar this time around.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane wrote about how the Mets’ infield looks now that Javier Báez is a part of it.

Christian Romo gave us a little bit more background on Báez, the newest Met.

And Vasilis Drimalitis evaluated the Mets’ pitching situation post-trading deadline.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets swept a doubleheader on this date in 1973, starting their miracle stretch run.