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Mets Morning News: Home Stretch

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets begin play tonight 6.5 games out of the National League East race and and seven back in the Wild Card race. Justin Toscano listed five reasons to be optimistic, and five reasons to be pessimistic, at the team’s chances.

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the team’s stunning collapse.

J.D. Davis is riding a roller coaster season for the Mets.

Matthew Robertson discussed the offense’s collective futility and why it’s so uncommon for so many players to have their worst seasons at the same time.

Tim Healey took a break from unnecessarily dumping on Marcus Stroman to heap some praise on Aaron Loup, who has allowed one run in three months.

Ben Clemens of Fangraphs examined Jake Reed and his unique delivery.

Around the National League East

The Braves saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end as they lost 5-1 to the Yankees, who extended their streak to ten games. It was the first time two teams with nine-game winning streaks faced off in a game since 1901, and only the third time in MLB history.

Bob Nightengale looked at how the Braves turned it around, and hopefully cursed them in the process. (Paywall Alert)

The Phillies currently have among the lowest vaccination numbers in the league (around 50%, according to a report from a few weeks ago). Johnny Nottingham of the Philadelphia Inquirer lambasted the team for this, saying, among other things, that it proves they do not care about winning.

The Nationals claimed Mike Ford off waivers.

Around Major League Baseball

Following Miguel Cabrera’s 500th career home run, here are some other big leaguers who could accomplish that feat before their careers are over.

The Orioles enter play tonight on an 18-game losing streak and with an MLB-worst 38-85 record. Since the start of the 2018 season, they own a league-worst .323 winning percentage. As a result, Ken Rosenthal argued that Baltimore is the perfect reason why MLB should adopt anti-tanking measures. (Paywall Alert)

The Orioles DFA’ed Met Killer Maikel Franco and optioned Richie Martin to Triple-A. To take their places, the team called up Jahmai Jones and Kevin Gutierrez.

The scuffling Padres have fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

In a battle of last-place clubs, the Pirates erased a four-run deficit to defeat the Diamondbacks 6-5.

Rafael Ortega hit a walk-off, two-run home run to complete the comeback and help the Cubs beat the Rockies 6-4.

The Blue Jays scored a run on a wild pitch in the eight inning to edge out the White Sox 2-1.

After blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning, the Red Sox came back with a run in the tenth and then won on a walk-off grand slam from Travis Shaw in the 11th to beat the Rangers.

The Royals beat up the Astros 7-1.

The Mariners scored three in the ninth to beat the Athletics 5-3.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague and Michael Drago debated just how exclusive the Mets should be with respect to retiring players’ numbers.

Allison also brought us the position player meters for the week.

On Episode 130 of From Complex to Queens, the crew look for hope anywhere they can with the Mets’ organization.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, David Wright brought himself back into the lineup with thunder. All told, the Mets clobbered seven homers—none bigger, or more memorable, than Wright’s blast in his first at-bat after returning from injury—and collected 20 hits to blow out the Phillies 16-7.