Meet the Mets
The Mets opened their five-game series against the Braves at Citi Field with an emphatic victory, as they took an early 5-0 lead and eventually won 6-4. Edwin Díaz recorded a six-out save, and no matter what happens in the other four games of the series, the Mets will wake up Monday morning in first place in the National League East.
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When Díaz entered the game, his signature entrance song wasn’t playing as usual, but he had it in his head as he exited the bullpen.
Tyler Naquin, who joined the Mets shortly before the trade deadline, hit two home runs in his Citi Field debut as a Met and unsurprisingly discovered that very pleasant.
The Mets held a minute’s silence for legendary Vin Scully, play his call of the iconic Mookie Wilson/Bill Buckner moment in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Although he didn’t consider the plate game much and didn’t have his best defensive game, it should be noted that James McCann returned to the Mets, having been activated from the injured list for the first game of the series.
Speaking of receivers, Billy Eppler made an appearance on WFAN, and when asked if he could name top prospect Francisco Álvarez, the general manager said that does not happen in the “immediate future”.
Brandon Nimmo is the winner of the Mets’ 2022 Heart and Hustle Award and one of thirty nominees for the overall award, which will be announced in November.
A big reason for the Mets’ success this year — and their chances of sustaining it — has been the prosperous Francisco Lindor, writes David Lennon.
Dominic Smith started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse last night and went 0-for-1 with a pair of walks.
If power rankings are your thing, yesterday’s MLB.com rankings had the Mets fifth.
The Mets have signed a pitcher from St. John’s as an undrafted free agent.
Around the National League East
After picking up Robinson Canó just before their previous series against the Mets, the Braves recently designated the veteran infielder for assignment. Yesterday they got it plain and simple, and Canó elected free agency.
Noah Syndergaard officially joined the Phillies yesterday, and one of the steps they took to make room for their new additions was releasing Didi Gregorius. Syndergaard started for Philadelphia, and although he didn’t perform well, his teammates scored just enough points for Philadelphia to win a rain-shortened game against the Nationals.
Around Major League Baseball
The Angels never came close to trading Shohei Ohtani, although his name came up in the days leading up to the deadline.
If you’re curious about the details of the Yankees’ attempt to trade for Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, Jon Heyman has you covered.
Mets fan favorite Wilmer Flores was the winner of the Giants of the Heart and Hustle award.
More than a decade has passed since Major League Baseball’s last perfect game, a streak that inspired some of the rarity of such occurrences in Tyler Kepner.
Miguel Cabrera, now 39, says he not feeling well and will have discussions on its status for 2023.
The Diamondbacks mourned the loss of Nicole Hazen, wife of CEO Mike Hazen, to cancer.
Yesterday at Amazing Avenue
Episode 136 of A Pod of Their Own dropped yesterday, and Vas Drimalitis previewed the Mets’ big five-game series against the Braves.
This date in Mets history
By that date in 1973, the Mets were down to twelve games under .500 and eleven and a half games in the National League East, but they won the division and the National League pennant that year before falling to the A in seven World Series games.