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Mets Morning News: Dudes Rock, Mets Don’t

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Meet the Mets

The Mets spent their first day of August getting smacked around by a guy named Max Schrock and ending up on the wrong end of a 7-1 contest to the Reds. So, you know, fun stuff!

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Faith and Fear in Flushing, Daily News, MLB, Newsday, North Jersey, Post.

You all remember Kumar Rocker, right? The elite pitching talent with a massive billboard in Times Square who managed to miraculously fall into the Mets’ lap at the 10th pick of the draft? Yeah, well they didn’t sign him because he maybe potentially may get hurt eventually.

If you can’t get enough of that dread and sadness, there is a lot more Rocker coverage from the Daily News, Newsday, MLB, and uh [spins wheel of media outlets] I guess Fox 5 Las Vegas, if that sort of thing is your bag.

Though the foul presence of Fred and Jeff has been (95%) dispelled from team ownership, the Mets’ bungling of the Rocker project has a distinct Wilpon stench.

With Rocker not returning to college and unable to play for a major league organization, he will go down the Luke Hochevar path and either voyage to the independent leagues or overseas and he prepares for the 2022 draft.

In a surprising bit of injury news, Luis Guillorme was placed on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain, ultimately getting replaced on the roster by Geoff Hartlieb.

Finding himself out of the starting lineup recently, J.D. Davis has taken the time to work on his slumping swing behind the scenes over the past week.

Finally getting the honor that had been building up for decades and pushed back for 12 months by a pandemic, as of Saturday night, Jon Matlack, Ron Darling, and Edgardo Alfonzo are Mets Hall of Famers.

With his hamstring tested, Brandon Nimmo hopes to be back in the starting lineup for tonight’s contest against Miami.

Steve Cohen justifiably upset some people online by applying Stocks Brain to the lives and careers of young kids.

Around the National League East

In the Battle of Resignation, the Nationals eked out a 6-5 win over the Cubs thanks to a pair of home runs, including a walk off, from Yadiel Hernandez.

In a much less stressful contest, the Phillies scored in seven of their nine half innings at the plate on their way to a 15-4 win in Pittsburgh.

On the other side of that pounding, Kyle Gibson made his Philadelphia debut and kept the Pirates from scoring 15 times, thus securing a win for himself.

The Marlins found themselves swept after a 3-1 loss at the gesturing hands of the Yankees and their roving gang of Italians

Finally, the Braves took a 2-1 loss in a game against the Brewers that they already trailed by the third batter of the game.

Yadiel Hernandez, Sunday’s hero for Washington, is an interesting tale of a 33 year old rookie making the most of his shot on a sinking team.

Around Major League Baseball

Justifiably confused and frazzled by the Rockies’ questionable trade deadline, Trevor Story pulled himself from the team’s starting lineup this weekend.

Uncontrollable and rowdy on his day off, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Blue Jays teammates had to resort to drastic measures to keep the MVP candidate down,

In his first game with the Giants, Kris Bryant joined former Cubs teammates Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez in hitting a home run in his debut.

After the performances of Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez, Bryant’s teammates were prepared to send him back to Chicago if he didn’t match them.

While he isn’t making any declarations after one game, Kris Bryant definitely isn’t opposed to staying with the San Francisco Giants beyond 2021.

The Pirates became the fourth team in the NL Central, joining the Reds, Brewers and Cubs, to release Dee Strange-Gordon this season.

Former Future Met and debuting Blue Jay Jose Berríos impressed in his Toronto debut, throwing six scoreless innings.

In his latest post-retirement escapade, Ichiro Suzuki has pivoted to being the Mariners’ bullpen catcher.

This Date in Mets History

Either you wish Dae-Sung Koo a happy 52nd birthday or we’re going to have a problem.