Morning Briefing: DeGrom Looks To Bring The Heat

Good morning Mets fans!

The Mets will host the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon at First Data Field with Jacob deGrom on the mound. DeGrom made his first start of the spring on Sunday against the Houston Astros.

“I feel healthy, that was the main thing,” deGrom said after the game per the New York Post. “I felt good, so I will be back out there in five days.”

The 29-year-old brought the heat as his fastball peaked at 98 MPH and he will get the chance to do so once again today at 1:10 p.m.

Latest Mets News

The Mets received sad news Thursday night as World Series Champion Ed Charles passed away at the age of 84.

“Ed Charles, our beloved Glider and Poet Laureate of the 1969 Mets, was one of the kindest and warmest people ever to be a Met. His essays and poems inspired his teammates to the improbable World Series championship,” the Mets said in a statement.

The Mets fell at home to the Miami Marlins by a score of 7-6 on Thursday.

However, one of the biggest stories out of the game was Matt Harvey‘s start. After allowing five runs, six hits and one walk while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings last time, Harvey allowed three runs, six hits and one walk while striking out eight this time.

While Neil Walker is now a New York Yankee after signing a one-year, $4 million contract with the Bronx Bombers, he could’ve been a Met had both sides agreed on the three-year, $42 million deal that was reportedly offered last offseason according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

“Yeah, but that wasn’t on me. I accepted that deal and it was not accepted from the other side,” he said. “Regardless of any situations in the past, I can’t let any of this stuff affect me moving forward. This is too good of a team here. This is too good of a situation.”

The Mets’ catching duo of Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will be teaming up today to treat children from the YMCA to a lunch, a game and a meet-and-greet according to Tim Healy of Newsday.

Robert Gsellman worked on improving his posture over the offseason by sitting properly according to Tim Britton of The Athletic.

Long Island Ducks general manager Michael Pfaff welcomed former Met Jordany Valdespin to the independent league ballclub.

Latest MLB News

MLB issued a statement about potential tampering in regards to Aaron Judge‘s comments about Manny Machado.

“Adding him to our lineup that we already got would be something special,” Judge told reporters according to ESPN. “I told him he’d look good in pinstripes.”

The Chicago Cubs have released Justin Grimm per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

David Price fanned five batters over four scoreless innings on Thursday in his first competitive game since July 22.

Latest NL East News

The Atlanta Braves have checked in on All-Star closer Greg Holland according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Buster Olney “bets the farm” that Bryce Harper either returns to the Washington Nationals or signs with the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency.

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly plans on starting Derek Dietrich in the outfield and possibly plans on moving him around in the outfield during innings.

Latest on MMO

John Sheridan shares Final Four picks for the NCAA Tournament from the MMO staff.

Michael Mayer suggests that the Mets should sign Adam Lind and cut Adrian Gonzalez.

Mayer also thinks that Jacob Rhame should be in the Opening Day bullpen and feels he could be a weapon for the Mets against lefties.

Mets Minors wrote about Andres Gimenez and David Peterson being in John Sickel’s Top 175 prospects.

This Day in Mets History

Birthdays: The aforementioned Rhame turns 25, Curtis Granderson turns 37, Abraham Nunez turns 42, Don Florence turns 51, Rich Puig turns 65 and Hobie Landrith turns 88.

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