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Mets Morning News: Lindor progresses, but Mets continue to flounder

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Meet the Mets

A Mets’ comeback attempt was too little too late in a 5-3 loss to the Phillies. Brad Miller led off the fifth inning with a home run off Tylor Megill and Odubel Herrera dealt the big blow in the same frame—a three-run shot that opened up a 4-0 lead. Miller added another home run for insurance and so the Mets were faced with a five-run deficit in the ninth, thanks to another day of ineptitude from the offense. Michael Conforto, Jonathan Villar, and James McCann hit back-to-back-to-back solo homers and the Mets managed to get the get the go-ahead run to the plate, but new Phillies closer Ian Kennedy struck out Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis to end the game. The Mets fall to 1.5 games back in the NL East.

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Mike Puma of the Post takes a look at the factors that have led to the slide the Mets are currently experiencing.

Taijuan Walker has switched to swinging left-handed because he kept hurting himself swinging righty, reports Tim Healey of Newsday.

Luis Rojas told reporters yesterday that Jacob deGrom is not with the Mets in Philadelphia because he is attending to a family matter. He remains shut down from throwing and will be back with the team when they return to New York.

Even though he is out of the Mets lineup right now, Francisco Lindor remains a vocal presence in the Mets clubhouse. “It sucks,” Lindor said about being sidelined. “I want to be there. I want to help them out. I want to do whatever it takes. I want to grind with them on a daily basis. They’re working extremely hard. They’re playing hard. I feel like they’re giving everything they’ve got. We’re just not getting the results we want to get.”

Meanwhile, Lindor continues to progress in his rehab from a Grade 2 oblique strain. He has been taking ground balls and hitting off a tee and should progress to hitting off the machine this week. However, there is still no timetable set for his return.

Ken Davidoff of the Post wrote a detailed analysis of the Kumar Rocker situation—where the Mets went wrong and what might be in Rocker’s future.

Anthony Rieber of Newday took a look at some Mets and Yankees pitchers (Taijuan Walker among them) and how they may be affected by a 162-game season following a shortened 2020 season.

The Mets signed righty Zack Godley to a minor league deal yesterday.

“It was pretty emotional,” Edwin Díaz said of the birth of his second son, Sebastián. Because his first son arrived five days early in 2016, he was pitching in a game for the Mariners and not present for his birth. This time, Díaz arrived at the hospital 15 minutes before his wife Nashaly gave birth.

Around the National League East

The Nationals beat the Braves 3-2, as Josiah Gray struck out ten batters in his second big league start.

Freddie Freeman was removed from the game due to an “upper respiratory infection.” The Braves say this move was a precaution.

“I said I would talk about an extension whenever and waited for that to happen, and it didn’t happen,” Trea Turner said to the media yesterday regarding the end of his time in DC. “So I’ve been told a lot of things over the last two years and, for me, actions speak louder than words. That’s kind of in the past now, it’s over with, and excited to start a new chapter.”

Juan Soto also discussed the pressure he is now feeling to be the face of the Nationals.

The Marlins fell to the Rockies 7-4 and Austin Gomber pitched a gem for Colorado.

The Phillies have acquired former Met T.J. Rivera in a minor league trade with the Pirates.

Around Major League Baseball

A former batboy for the Birmingham Barons, the Chicago White Sox Double-A affiliate, has sued Omar Vizquel for sexual harassment. He alleges that he was “targeted for sexual harassment because of his disability” (he has autism). (Content warning: The linked story contains details about alleged sexual harassment.) ($)

Japan defeated the United States 2-0 to win the country’s first ever Olympic baseball gold medal.

Former Met Andrés Giménez has been recalled by Cleveland from Triple-A.

The absence of truly dominant teams may have been what fueled the busiest trade deadline ever, writes Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus. ($)

Will Leitch of MLB.com prognosticates about a future retired number for each team. For the Mets, that answer was fairly obvious: No. 48.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Ken Lavin brought us the Daily Prospect Report, in which Ronny Mauricio hit another home run, in case folks are grasping at straws for some good news today.

This Date in Mets History

On August 8, 1997, the Mets traded Lance Johnson and player to be named later (which turned out to be Mark Clark and Manny Alexander) to the Cubs for Brian McRae, Mel Rojas, and Turk Wendell.