Morning Briefing: Swat the Pesky Nats

The Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the mound in a duel against Max Scherzer for the series with the Washington Nationals. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. and will air on SNY.

Last night, the Mets welcomed the return of Noah Syndergaard. He pitched one inning, needing only five pitches to get through it while allowing one hit. However, the Mets still lost by a score of 4-3.

Matt Harvey replaced him and pitched four innings, allowing three runs, walking two batters and striking out two. What plagued the right-hander was the long ball as he surrendered two in his few innings of work.

The Mets bullpen provided four innings of scoreless relief to get the team to extra innings.

However, Jacob Rhame allowed a Daniel Murphy homer in the tenth inning and received the loss.

The offense struggled to produce runs outside of the third inning in which they scored three by way of RBI singles from Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Plawecki. The offense recorded eight hits as a whole, including two from Norichika Aoki.

Latest Mets News 

Noah Syndergaard’s first pitch last night was a 94 mph slider and his fastball topped out at 99 mph in his first outing since April.

Michael Conforto said yesterday that he expects to return to baseball activity in six months, but that he could not yet commit to being ready for Opening Day.

Jeurys Familia pitched in back-to-back games last night for the first time since returning from the DL. He did not allow a run in his one inning of work while striking out two batters.

Former Met Carlos Beltran donated one million dollars to help aid Puerto Rico.

Latest NL East/MLB News

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post gives injury updates on three Nationals players.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 57th home run last night to push him closer to his quest for 60.

The Atlanta Braves signed Kurt Suzuki to a one-year extension yesterday.

Matt Gelb of Philly.com reflects on the struggles the Phillies have in finding a left-handed starter.

Jose Abreu registered his 100th RBI of the season last night, which made him one of only three players (Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio) to have 25+ homers and 100 RBI in their first four seasons in the league.

Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel for the National Anthem.

Latest on MMO

Joe D explains why he believes Sandy Alderson deserves a chance to fix the situation the Mets are currently in.

Rob Piersall disects 12 potential candidates to manage the 2018 Mets.

This Day in Mets History

1969: The Mets clinch the NL East for the first time in team history with a 6-0 win over the St.Louis Cardinals.

2000: Timo Perez hits an inside-the-park home run at Veterans Stadium against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Birthdays: Bernard Gilkey turns 51 and Hubie Brooks turns 61.

Let’s go Mets!

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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