Mets “Second Base Coach,” Sean Smith, Live from Citifield

The New York Mets middle reliever Jenrry Mejia today has been suspended for his second PED violation. This time around the suspension is a full 162 games. Anyone out there believe Sandy Alderson knew nothing about Jenrry Mejia and his second PED suspension when he made Monday’s trade for reliever Tyler Clippard? Alderson claimed he was in the dark about the impending suspension in an interview this afternoon.

It’s July 28 and the Mets are home vs. the San Diego Padres. At 51-48 the Mets sit two games out of first place in the National League East, the latest they’ve been in contention in several years.

Mets took control of the game early on a first inning two run home run by Lucas Duda and won 4-0. Curtis Granderson’s insurance two run home run into the Pepsi Porch down the right field line in the eighth provided a comfortable cushion for the Metropolitans, who were buoyed by Noah Syndergaard’s eight dominant innings. The Mets rookie phenom retired the first 18 Padres he faced, striking out nine batters on the night, while giving up three hits and walking none.

Tension built in the stadium as Syndergaard began the seventh inning with a perfect game still intact, but Will Venable smacked a single up the middle on the first pitch on the inning to break it up. Syndergaard earned a nice ovation from the crowd for his efforts.

Tyler Clippard made his Mets debut in the ninth, retiring three men in a row following a leadoff double by pinch hitter Abraham Almonte.


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