Meet the Mets
The Mets bested the Reds 7-4 on the Fourth of July, becoming the first NL team to 50 wins in the process. Brandon Nimmo brought the early fireworks with a three-run homer and, after ex-Met Brandon Drury tied it up with a three-run blast of his own, Francisco Lindor crushed a solo homer that gave the Mets a lead they would not relinquish. Taijuan Walker had another quality start, allowing three earned runs over 6.0 innings. Seth Lugo worked the ninth to earn the save.
Eduardo Escobar, who drove in the team’s seventh run last night, is heating up when the Mets need him most.
Dom Smith, who collected another double in yesterday’s victory, continues to rake as the trade deadline looms.
No, you’re not seeing double. That is Edwin Díaz and his brother Alexis Díaz, who pitches for Cincinnati, posing for a photo before yesterday’s game. The brothers exchanged lineup cards to begin the contest. This series will serve as a nice family reunion.
Max Scherzer is set to return to the mound after a 47-day absence, which “sucked”, in his words.
Mad Max is trying to ignore all the ‘hoopla’ around his much-discussed start, as Jacob deGrom’s return looms.
He will make his second rehab start on Friday for St. Lucie.
Showalter is not concerned with deGrom hitting 100 mph on the radar gun in his first rehab start.
David Peterson will return from the paternity list to pitch on Wednesday in the series finale against the Reds, while Trevor Williams will take the hill on Thursday at Citi Field.
Chris Bassitt is still trying to satisfy health and safety protocols in order to return from the COVID IL. While he has remained on a throwing regimen, the club is unsure when he will be back in the rotation.
Deesha Thosar expanded upon these stories in her Mets Notebook.
Anthony DiComo explored the team’s options at the deadline.
Tim Britton discussed what Francisco Álvarez has left to prove in the minors following his promotion to Triple-A Syracuse.
Around the National League East
Around Major League Baseball
Will Leitch pinpointed one untouchable player for each franchise.
Unsurprisingly, the Yankees find themselves first in the latest MLB Power Rankings.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
I previewed the team’s series against the Reds.
The crew discussed the June report card for the minor league system in Episode 175 of From Complex to Queens.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1965, Ron Swoboda homered in both halves of a doubleheader to give him 15 for the season, topping Jim Hickman’s mark for most home runs by a rookie in a Mets’ uniform. The record stood until Darryl Strawberry surpassed it with 26 home runs in 1983. Pete Alonso shattered Strawberry’s mark with 53 dingers in his 2019 campaign.