George Napiltano/ Latino Sports
Flushing, NY – There is a need for a starting pitcher and perhaps another bullpen arm for the Mets before the month ending non-waiver trade deadline. The Mets are without their ace Jacob deGrom who threw a side session Monday at Citi Field.
This is also a team that could use another potent bat in the lineup and the name of the Cubs’ Chris Bryant is in the discussion. The rotation will get a boost with the long awaited debut of RHP Carlos Carrasco this weekend when the Reds come to town.
Monday evening at Citi Field the Mets split a straight seven-inning doubleheader over the Atlanta Braves. They managed a split scoring a run in 14 innings of baseball, which in itself showed again how inconsistent the Mets lineup is as they are tied for home runs since the all-star break and with a league best .280 team batting average.
The third place Braves first game 2-0 shutout had been symbolic of the Mets first half offense as they continued their hold on first place at the start of this five-game series. A crucial series also for the Braves who trail the Mets by five games in the division.
The lone run in the nightcap was attributed to Jeff McNeil and his long double to deep center that scored Brandon Nimmo in the bottom of the 5th inning. So the Mets barely got away with…