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Morning mound visit: how the Giants continue to impress

The Giants have been in first place for over three months.

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San Francisco Giants v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Ken Rosenthal | The Athletic ($): Rosenthal dives into how the Giants have led the pack in the NL West for the entire summer. Hint: it’s youth and innovative thinking.

Kevin Goldstein | FanGraphs: Despite the White Sox running away with the American League Central, Jose Abreu is not getting nearly enough accolades for his performance this season.

CBS Boston Staff: Xander Bogaerts left the Red Sox game on Tuesday night due to a positive COVID test result. The Sox are one of a handful of teams that have not gotten to 85 percent vax rate, and it’s showing. In a game that was a comedy of errors, Boston had their worst performance of the season.

Shohei Ohtani continues to be a highlight of the game. Last night he stole home in a double steal against the Yankees.

We know Javy Baez has been on the hot-seat in New York since his comments about fans booing the floundering Mets. Winning cures all, as he scored from first base ON A SINGLE hit to shallow left field:

Oh, and afterwards, everyone on the field, including team President Sandy Alderson, had to look for Baez’ lost earring:

You simply cannot make up the storylines for this Mets season.