Morning Briefing: Wheels Up For Oakland

Good morning, Mets Fans! Tonight, the New York Mets will take on the Oakland Athletics at 7:10 on Pix 11. Zack Wheeler has the ball for New York and will face Sean Manaea.

Last night was an interesting one for the Mets. Steven Matz looked shaky at first, but settled in until the fifth when he was attacked by a singles rampage. Terry Collins made the move to pull Matz in the fifth for a pinch hitter with only 83 pitches under his belt, which was surprising given how bad the bullpen has been at times this year.

Luckily, the offense and Jerry Blevins responded. Michael Conforto led the charge for the offense with two two-run home runs. T.J. Rivera also chipped in a little league home run in the sixth which gave the Mets the lead for good. The play was originally a two-run single, but he advanced to second on the throw and scored on a two base error. Conforto is now hitting .323/.432/.774 with four HR and six extra bases since the All-Star break. Blevins came into the game with the bases loaded, one out in the eight and recorded a five-out save.

Latest Mets News

Yesterday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, reported the Indians are interested in Asdrubal Cabrera.

Neil Walker was running bases atn Citi Field again and will begin his rehab assignment in Las Vegas tonight. He looks to rejoin the Mets on Monday.

Yoenis Cespedes made headlines last night when he chatted with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. After instant backlash from Mets fans, Cespedes cleared up the whole situation and said, “This is my home. This is my team. Nothing has changed that.” Slusser also pointed out her chat with Cespedes was in English, which is not his first language. The whole situation is hopefully cleared up now.

Latest NL East News

Mark Zuckerman of MASN wrote about new Nationals acquisitions, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle.

Rhett Bollinger and Mark Bowman of MLB.com write about the impasse on the Jaime Garcia deal.

AJ Ramos is likely the next Marlins player to be dealt. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports on it.

Matt Gelb of Philly.com talks about the possible resurgence of Maikel Franco.

Latest on MMO

Mike Mayer looks at David Wright‘s incredible but perhaps finished career.

Jacob Resnick provided his well detailed weekly farm report

This Day in Mets History 

1988: Mookie Wilson records his 1,000th career hit.

Birthdays: Rob Johnson turns 35, Jesse Hudson turns 69.

Let’s Go Mets!

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests. I study computer science at Stony Brook