Morning Briefing: Let’s Go Matz

The Mets will take on the St. Louis Cardinals for the final game before the All-Star break today at 2:15 p.m. They will send out Steven Matz to face Lance Lynn with the hopes of ending the first half on a high note.

Last night, the Mets lost 4-1. Paul DeJong once again went off against the Mets going 4-for-4 with a home run and three doubles. The Mets lone run scored against Adam Wainwright and came off of a Jay Bruce home run, No. 23 of the season for the outfielder. T.J. Rivera also chipped in three hits.

Additionally, Zack Wheeler  did not pitch badly, going six innings, allowing two runs, while striking out five batters over the course of his 02 pitch outing. The bullpen faltered again; Fernando Salas and Rafael Montero would only last 2/3 of an inning each, both allowing runs.

Latest Mets News

Michael Conforto was activated from the disabled list today while Brandon Nimmo was placed on the 10-day DL with a collapsed lung.

T.J. Rivera has an eight game hitting streak coming into today’s game.

Zack Wheeler is no longer subject to an innings limit this season.

Latest NL East News 

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post talks about the scare for the Nationals that occurred when Stephen Strasburg exited yesterday’s game after getting hit with a come-backer.

An article by USA Today discusses the Atlanta Braves and how they have put themselves back in contention after their 13-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Lucas Casaletto of The Score talks about how the New York Yankees have shown interest in first baseman Justin Bour.

Kevin Cooney of Bucks County Courier Times discusses the disaster that has unfolded in the first half for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall talks about how Zack Wheeler will have every chance to thrive in the second half of the season.

Logan Barer takes a very optimistic view about the Mets and his belief that there is still a chance at the postseason.

David Casillo discusses needs that must be assessed before the season is over.

We will be doing a Futures Game Thread at MetsMinors.net. Hope to see some of you there.

This Day in Mets History

1963: Duke Snider strikes out in his seventh, as well as his last, All-Star Game of his career.

1969: Tom Seaver goes 8 1/3 perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs before allowing a hit to Jimmy Qualls. Seaver would finish the game and complete a one-hit shutout.

Birthdays

George Stone turns 71 today.

Let’s Go Mets, Let’s Go Matz!

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I am a sophomore at SUNY Cortland majoring in Sport Management. I have been a big Mets fan since 2007 and David Wright has and always will be my favorite player. Also, I do a podcast with one of my friends called Mets on Campus which you can find on theredbeat.com. Follow me on Twitter @JoshFinkMets