Morning Briefing: Mets Welcome In the Defending Champs

Good Morning Mets Fans. The New York Mets (28-33) return home to open up a seven game homestand as they welcome in the Chicago Cubs (31-31) for a four-game set. Jacob deGrom (4-3, 4.75 ERA) will take the ball and look to get back on track for New York as he will be opposed by John Lackey (4-6, 5.12 ERA).

Today’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM ET and can be seen on SNY as well as heard on 710 WOR.


The Mets could not have asked for a better season debut from Seth Lugo than they received. Lugo pitched seven innings while allowing just one run on six hits. He walked two while striking out six and picked up his first victory of the season in the team’s 2-1 win over Atlanta. Read more from Kristie Ackert in the NYDN.

Kevin Kernan of the NY Post believes the Mets’ second chance to have a solid season has arrived.

Yoenis Cespedes is expected to start the first two games against the Cubs this week after sitting out Sunday’s finale against Atlanta. Read more from Matt Ehalt on

Sean Gilmartin was designated for assignment to make room for Lugo on the 40-man roster and was claimed by the St. Louis Cardinals. Read more from Abbey Mastracco on


Adam Eaton of the Nationals is reportedly ahead of schedule while rehabbing his knee as reported by Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that Howie Kendrick has taken over the second base job with the injury of Cesar Hernandez.

David O’Brien of writes on the impact Nick Markakis has had in Atlanta.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald takes a look at what has been the toughest season in Ichiro Suzuki‘s career.


Carl Adidas looks back on the Mets’ first slugger, Frank Thomas.


On this day in 1964, the Mets sign a then 19-year-old Tug McGraw.

Mets born on this day; Damon Buford (47), Keith Miller (54) and Gerry Arrigo.



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