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Mets surge in division; struggle with grammar

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Mets surge in division; struggle with grammar

BY JEFF SLADE   

The New York Mets have surged to the top of the NL East, chasing down the Nationals to claim a one game lead in the division. However, their recent success on the diamond has failed to carry over to achievement in the world of spelling and punctuation. 

See if you can spot the error (it’s not that difficult): 

Sending out a picture of captain David Wright taking batting practice, the Mets boastfully proclaim the photo as “the best thing your going to (see) all day.” 

Regrettably, they make the classic middle-school blunder of applying the second person possessive adjective your, instead of the correct contraction of “you are” of course being you’re

This continues what’s been a rough past week for the Mets on social media. 

On July 29, the Twitter Universe exploded when Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores cried on the field amid hearing he’d been traded to Milwaukee. The only problem – he wasn’t actually traded. Information had been incorrectly leaked to the media, eventually leading to the ensuing fiasco. 

It’s hard to tell which mistake was worse – their shortstop tearing up from falsely leaked information or forgetting a common English contraction. 

The team has since deleted the tweet and added in an edited one. So, perhaps they can mark it up to a learning experience, and their grammar will eventually catch up to the on-field product. Or maybe it will be other away around, the lineup bewildered by stadium chants relentlessly taunting the organization’s poor grammar. 

Either way – somebody will benefit. And all we’ll have to say is, “YOU’RE welcome.” 

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.