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Javier Baez went a combined 1-for-8 with a homer in his first two games as a member of the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: The homer helped propel New York to a victory on Saturday night. Baez hit cleanup and played shortstop in both contests this weekend. It's unclear if he'll stick at short once Francisco Lindor (oblique) returns, but for now Baez remains a must-start fantasy option in leagues of all sizes.

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Mets GM Zack Scott confirmed Sunday night that the club failed to sign 2021 first-round pick, Vanderbilt RHP Kumar Rocker. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Mets were thrilled when Rocker fell to them at No. 10 overall, but apparently they didn't like what came up in his medical examinations. It's a bummer as the most famous member of this year's draft class could've been electric in New York. Instead, Rocker will return to college next season, and the Mets will receive the 11th pick in the 2022 draft as compensation.

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Dominic Smith went 1-for-4 with one single and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Smith hit two balls hard in the game. It looked like he was breaking out of his power drought during the first half of July, but he hasn't homered since July 21st. He's hitting .251/.322/.389 this season.

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Jeff McNeil went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: McNeil had a very nice July, slashing .351/.419/.494 in 77 at-bats. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him finish the year at .300, but he needs another month of excellent hitting to make it happen.

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Marcus Stroman allowed four runs on eight hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Stroman allowed eight hard-hit balls, got 11 whiffs, and topped out 93.1 MPH. He's got a 3.64 xFIP, and a 3.59 K/BB ratio in 22 starts this season.

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Jacob deGrom has been shut down for two more weeks as additional inflammation has occurred in his right arm. The best-case scenario for him is to now return in September. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: deGrom was en route to a historic 2021 campaign prior to injury. Rocking a 1.08 ERA with 146 strikeouts across 92 innings, the NL Cy Young seemed to have been all but handed out. The superstar pitcher should remain rostered, but with his return not being for at least another month, deGrom's 2021 fantasy value takes a huge hit.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cubs acquired prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong from the Mets as part of the Javier Baez trade. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "PCA" was New York's first-round pick in 2020. The 19-year-old is currently out for the season, but he's considered an elite develop who possesses a developing hit tool. It's a fantastic return for Chicago.

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Pete Alonso went 1-for-4 with one run scored, one home run, one strikeout, and two RBIs.

Fantasy Impact: Alonso has 23 home runs this season, and more importantly, he's hitting them in Citi Field again. Before July, Alonso had 13 home runs, and only two were at home. He's locked and loaded as one of the best sluggers for the second half.

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Taijuan Walker allowed five runs on six hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in five innings.

Fantasy Impact: Walker pitched a lot better in this one than his previous two starts, allowing five hard-hit balls, getting six whiffs, and topping out at 96.1 MPH. He's got a 9.00 ERA and a 1.85 in five starts this month, which has put a damper on his value in keeper/dynasty leagues.

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Edwin Diaz allowed two hits in one inning.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz needed help from Michael Conforto, who made a run-saving outfield assist to nail the tying run at home before getting Pablo Sandoval to line out to end the game.

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Trevor May was perfect, with two strikeouts in one inning.

Fantasy Impact: May has a 3.23 ERA with nine holds and three saves this season.

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Brandon Drury hit a pinch-hit solo home run in his only at-bat.

Fantasy Impact: Drury has homered in back-to-back games and has put together an impressive .280/.308/.560 slash line through 50 at-bats this season.

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Tylor Megill allowed one run on five hits, one walk, and six strikeouts in five and one-third innings.

Fantasy Impact: Megill allowed a home run to Austin Riley that accounted for all the damage against him. He gave up seven hard-hit balls, got 14 whiffs, and topped out at 96.7 MPH. The 26-year-old has a 3.89 xFIP and a 3.55 K/BB ratio in seven starts this season. He's worth a flier in leagues where he's available.

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Jerad Eickhoff allowed ten runs on seven hits, five walks, and four strikeouts in three and one-third innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Eickhoff needed 80 pitches to get ten outs, allowing seven hard-hit balls and three home runs. His ERA is now 8.69 this season.

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New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (elbow) is throwing off of a mound for the first time in two months, per beat writer Tim Healey. (Source: Tim Healey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Syndergaard has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and was progressing well until May when he experienced a setback with his elbow. He's been ramping up lately by playing catch and has now progressed to throwing off a mound for the first time in two months. He's on track to return sometime in late August and could be used out of the bullpen once he rejoins the team. He's still worth rostering in dynasty and keeper leagues but he's harder to stash in redraft leagues given his uncertain role once he returns.

Category: Injury Updates


Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) is tentatively expected to make his season debut on Friday against the Reds. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco struck out six over three scoreless innings in his most recent rehab start. He likely isn't ready for a full workload, so a wait-and-see approach is advised for fantasy managers.

Category: Injury Updates


Mets GM Zack Scott says Francisco Lindor (oblique) should require a 4-6 week recovery. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This makes mid-to-late August a realistic return date for the star shortstop. Lindor has been struggling in his first season with the Mets, but he needs to remain stashed on fantasy roster until he returns.

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Seth Lugo allowed one hit and one strikeout in one inning.

Fantasy Impact: Lugo came on in the sixth inning with nobody out and the bases loaded. All three inherited runners scored, but the Mets scored four in the bottom of the frame and held on for the win.

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Rich Hill allowed three runs on five hits, two walks, and one strikeout in five innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Hill allowed five hard-hit balls, topped out at 87.2 MPH, and failed to record one whiff on 62 pitches. It's a bit concerning that Hill didn't get one swinging strike, but pitching in the National League should help him in the second half. He's nothing more than a streamer in good match-ups.

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J.D. Davis went 1-for-4 with one single and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Davis is hitting .349 with a 1.033 OPS in 63 at-bats this season. His barrel rate is a career high of 17.9%, but with a .514 BABIP and a 32.4% k-rate, he's bound to regress toward career norms eventually.

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