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Mets Struggles Continues in 5-3 loss to Marlins

The 2020 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is here and it is time to see what moves will be made for all of the Major League Baseball teams. Prior to the trade deadline the New York Mets (15-20) were wrapping up a 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins (15-15) in Major League Baseball action on Monday.

For the Mets there are so many questions that they have to answer in a really quick period of time. Questions like, how to get their bats going, how to get their starting rotation figured out and oh how to get the clutch pitching in relief that is needed to win the games.

Helping to lead the way on the offensive side of things for New York in the loss to Miami was Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano and Andrés Giménez. Jacob deGrom tossed six innings in his first loss of the season, deGrom was able to sit down nine batters and gave up six hits in the game.

As the finishing touches were put on that game against Miami, New York were able to make some very interesting moves. New York was able to acquire infielder Todd Frazier from the Texas Rangers for a player-to-be-named-later. Frazier is batting .241/.322/.380 with 11 runs, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI in 31 games this season. He is a .243/.320/.448 hitter with 596 runs, 209 doubles, 15 triples, 216 home runs, 631 RBI and 38 steals in 1,217 career games.

Frazier spent two years with the Mets from 2018-19 and appeared in 248 games with the club, batting .233/.316/.418 with 117 runs, 37 doubles, two triples, 39 homers, 126 RBI and 10 steals.

The infielder is a two-time All-Star, making the team as a member of the Cincinnati Reds in 2014 and again in 2015. The Toms River, NJ native won the 2015 Home Run Derby.

Then the Mets were able to make a trade for catcher Robinson Chirinos and cash considerations from the Texas Rangers for a player-to-be-named-later. Chirinos has appeared in 14 games for the Rangers this year and is batting .119/.224/.143 with three runs, one double and two RBI. He owns a career slash line of .231/.326/.432 with 251 runs, 98 doubles, four triples, 85 home runs, 264 RBI and a .758 OPS over 590 career games.

Finally RHP Miguel Castro was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for LHP Kevin Smith and player-to-be-named-later or cash considerations. Castro has appeared in 16 games for the Orioles this season and is 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA (seven earned runs/15.2 innings) with five walks and 24 strikeouts. He is 7-16 with seven saves, a 4.30 ERA (131 earned runs/274.0 innings), 139 walks and 220 strikeouts in 220 games overall. He has held right-handed hitters to .223 batting average (142-636) during his career.

Smith owns a career record of 12-8 with a 2.75 ERA (43 earned runs/140.2 innings) with 45 walks and 158 strikeouts in 35 games (26 starts). He was originally selected by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia.

It will be interesting to see if the infusion of new blood will help to restart this team, who has so much untapped potential and plenty of great baseball left to play in this 60-game MLB Season.

Up next for the Mets is a two-game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Tuesday, before making-up a game against the New York Yankees on Thursday.  New York has not addressed who their starting pitcher will be for the game against the Orioles on Tuesday, while Baltimore will have starter Asher Wojciechowski (1-3, 5.13 ERA) on the mound.

The game between the Mets and the Orioles is set to start at 7:35 p.m. with the action airing on the SNY and the MASN Networks.

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