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The Mets continued to watch their season slip away from them last night with a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers in the second game of the series. Pete Alonso hit a home run and drove in the other run of the game with an infield hit, but the Amazins otherwise failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position (again). Meanwhile, Carlos Carrasco gave up three runs in five innings while throwing 78 pitches in his longest outing of the season, and Aaron Loup, Trevor May, and Seth Lugo combined for three scoreless innings after that. Alas, the anemic offense ensured that the team would lose yet another game in the NL East standings.
The list of players on the injured list became a little bit larger yesterday, as James McCann and Jake Reed were placed on the 10-day IL and replaced on the roster by Yennsy Diaz and Geoff Hartlieb.
The Mets added a veteran reliever through the waiver wire, acquiring former Reds pitcher Heath Embree off waivers while moving Jacob deGrom to the 60-day IL to open up a roster spot for him.
Dominic Smith’s recent struggles at the plate may have been partially the result of some lingering injuries.
Jeff McNeil is one of many Mets players who is suffering due to a lack of discipline at the plate this year.
The Mets will be making some adjustments to their infield when Francisco Lindor and Javier Báez return from the injured list.
Thanks to a stellar season, Brett Baty has seen himself rise in the prospect rankings.
Remember Jordan Yamamoto? He made his first rehab outing yesterday and pitched one inning as he looks to potentially rejoin the Mets in September.
Around the National League East
The Braves locked up their catcher for the next couple of years, signing former Met Travis d’Arnaud to a two-year, $16 million extension with an option for a third year.
d’Arnaud celebrated his new contract by hitting a home run and catching a shutout from Max Fried en route to a 3-0 win for the Braves against the Orioles for Atlanta’s seventh straight victory.
An eighth inning three-run homer by Jazz Chisholm Jr. was not enough for the Marlins, as they fell to the Reds 5-3.
Around Major League Baseball
Beyond the Box Score’s Sheryl Ring explained why Trevor Bauer’s minor legal victory this week does not mean that he is off the hook for his actions.
Having achieved just about every possible milestone in basketball, two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is dipping his toes into baseball by purchasing a minority share in the Brewers’ ownership group.
The Mets are just one of many teams whose playoff chances were significantly impacted—for better or, in the case of the Mets, for worse—due to moves that were made (or not made) at the trade deadline.
The Mets are unlikely to be anywhere near the 2021 NLCS, but Bob Costas will be, as TBS is nearing an agreement with the veteran broadcaster to host the series this October.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Brian Salvatore provided the latest -illar of the Day updates after the past week of games.
This Date in Mets History
Tom Seaver made his first start against the Mets after being traded and pitched nine innings of one-run ball on this date in 1977.