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Mets Morning News: Back to their losing ways

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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

A win the day before in San Francisco appears to be an anomaly, for the Mets dropped the first game of a four-game series to the Dodgers 4-1 last night in Los Angeles.

Choose your recap: AA short and long, Daily News, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, Post

The Dodgers utilized seven pitchers in a planned bullpen game to overwhelm the Mets batters while leveraging timely hits to score four runs of Taijuan Walker in his six innings of work.

Steve Cohen’s tweet from Wednesday criticizing the Mets offense continues to generate much discussion online.

Francisco Lindor and Javy Báez generated praise from manager Luis Rojas, who watched them work out on the field pregame.

Around the National League East

The Diamondbacks completed their sweep of the Phillies with a 6-2 win in Phoenix.

The Reds continued their quest to earn the National League’s second wild-card spot with a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

The Nationals had the day off, and Federal Baseball examined some hard-hit balls by the team’s best player.

The Braves’ quarterly revenue has revived to pre-pandemic levels, though no gate revenue was collected today as the team took the day off.

After yesterday’s proceedings, the Braves sit atop the division four games ahead of the Phillies and five games ahead of the Mets.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB proposed a $100 million salary floor to be funded by new taxes on teams that exceed a lower luxury tax threshold of $180 million.

The Mariners overcame a five-run ninth inning from the Rangers as they won 9-8 in Arlington in 11 innings.

Without a solid plan for the future, the Cubs should get creative with their roster construction writes Patrick Mooney of The Athletic.

The Tigers blew a 10-2 lead as the Angels roared back to win 13-10 last night in Detroit.

Tigers’ 11-time All-Star Bill Freehan passed away at the age of 79.

MLB and the players association have extended Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave through August 27th. MLB refuses to enact a sensible solution for their Bauer problem.

Diamondback’s pitcher Caleb Smith faces a potential ten-game suspension after umpires found an illegal substance on his glove two nights ago.

MLB will enter an exclusive trading card deal with a company to be operated by Fanatics, ending their partnership with Topps.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vas previewed the now-ongoing series against the hottest team in baseball.

Brian and Chris lament bad baseball and a regrettable tweet in this week’s episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

Jim McAndrew pitched a complete-game shutout against a very impressive San Francisco Giants lineup on this date in 1969.

Doc Gooden and Howard Johnson both reached impressive milestones on this date in 1985 and ‘89, respectively.