Mets Morning News for August 3, 2021

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The Mets dropped their series opener to the Marlins 6-3 down at loanDepot Park. Lewis Brinson hit a grand slam with no outs in the first, and that was pretty much sealed the Mets’ fate. Tylor Megill recovered to pitch five while giving up five runs. The Mets battled back with two runs in the second, and Pete Alonso hit a solo homer in the third, but that was as close as they would get. The Marlins added an insurance run in the eighth against Trevor May, which put the game out of reach. Javier Báez appeared to hurt himself at one point, but luckily he was able to stay in the game.

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The Mets falling out of first is starting to feel inevitable.

Brandon Nimmo was a late scratch from last night’s game, but he did pinch hit in the loss.

J.D. Davis, who was on the trading block, spoke about how it felt to not get traded at the deadline.

As a result of his injuries, Jacob deGrom, who was once on pace to break Bob Gibson’s ERA mark of 1.12 from 1968, will almost definitely not even quality for the ERA title now.

For last night’s game, Michael Conforto was benched and assigned “homework”. Luis Rojas said that the team wants the right fielder to work on himself and believes that his mental approach could be the problem.

Conforto acknowledged that he has to be better as he tries to break out of this season-long slump, which has complicated his free agency future.

Albert Almora Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Castro’s place on the roster.

Miguel Castro was placed on the COVID-IL, though Tim Healey clarified that, according to a source, nobody on the team tested positive for COVID-19.

Castro woke up experiencing symptoms, which allowed his club to place him on the COVID IL.

Taijuan Walker will pitch tonight, and his ‘stuff’ in his last start eased concerns that he may be experiencing fatigue.

The Mets claimed pitcher Jake Reed off waivers from the Rays, while losing pitcher Anthony Banda, who was claimed by the Pirates.

R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports examined how the Mets botched the Kumar Rocker situation, which included them not drafting an insurance policy.

After failing to sign Rocker, David Lennon expressed his belief that the team is running low on first round talent in their system.

Rocker will not return to Vanderbilt, and instead will prepare for next year’s draft.

The Mets promoted prospect Jaylen Palmer to High-A Brooklyn.

The Mets released infielder Anthony Walters, whom they drafted in the third round of the 2020 MLB Draft.

Around the National League East

The Phillies stormed back with five runs in the ninth to defeat the Nationals 7-5.

Matt Gelb of The Athletic explored the reasons why Philadelphia bet on Kyle Gibson, despite the risks. (Paywall Alert)

The Braves saw a door open for them in the division race, and they made some deals at the deadline to try and walk right in.

Brady House, whom the Nationals drafted eleventh overall, will be important to the club’s future.

Around Major League Baseball

ESPN looked at some takeaways from a wild trade deadline.

Joey Votto was named NL Player of the Month, while Shohei Ohtani took home the honors on the American League side.

Walker Buehler and Jameson Taillon were named NL and AL Pitchers of the Month, respectively. Megill, who had a rough outing for the Mets yesterday, earned some votes for the NL honors, as well as NL Rookie of the Month honors, which he lost to Jonathan India.

Gerrit Cole, who was supposed to start tonight’s game, will not do so after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The Orioles topped the Yankees 7-1. Oh, and there was also a cat on the field.

Cleveland beat the Blue Jays 5-2 in ten innings.

The Mariners routed the Rays 8-2.

The Rangers defeated the Angels 4-1.

The Brewers won 6-2 against the Pirates.

The Giants outlasted the Diamondbacks 10-7 in ten innings.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

I previewed the team’s series with the Marlins, which kicked off last night.

Allison McCague brought us the position player and pitcher meters for the week.

Chris McShane expressed his frustration with the team for not adding a bullpen arm at the trade deadline.

Lukas Vlahos continued his analytical series on modeling the impact of trades.

On Episode 127 of From Complex to Queens, the crew looked at the catastrophic week that was for the Mets, which included an underwhelming deadline and the Rocker fiasco.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, Michael Conforto hit his first career homer to power the Mets to a 12-1 victory over the Marlins.

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