Morning Briefing: Harvey Day In Tampa

Good morning, Mets fans!

Today, the Mets will head to Tampa and play the Yankees. Matt Harvey has the ball for the Mets and will have a tough test, assuming the Yankees use some permutation of their Opening Day lineup.

Yesterday, the Mets tied the Tigers by a score of 4-4. The positive from the start were Steven Matz firing four scoreless innings while striking out Miguel Cabrera along the way. Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki homered, while Plawecki continues hitting air balls like last season.

Amed Rosario returned in this game and went 0-for-2 as the DH. He will play in the field tomorrow.

Latest Mets News

Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that the trade between the Mets and Indians involving Jason Kipnis was set to have Paul Sewald going to Cleveland. Sewald has looked good this spring and was very good against righties in 2017, but Jason Kipnis would have looked good in orange and blue. With that said, I would have been more upset about it if they traded Brandon Nimmo for Josh Harrison.

Mickey Callaway said he likes what Kevin Plawecki does against righties and what Travis d’Arnaud does against lefties. He also mentioned that he will use this as an idea of who will catch as opposed to who pitchers like throwing to. I believe a Kravis Plaw’rnaud split will serve the Mets well.

The Mets hope Dominic Smith will play on Sunday according to Jon Morosi of Mickey Callaway acknowledged that it will be difficult for Smith to be ready for Opening Day but given how bad Adrian Gonzalez has looked, it appears to be wide open.

Morosi spoke to Sandy Alderson, who does not see Steven Matz in a relief role at this point. He also does not want to trade any pitcher just yet given all the injuries in 2017.

Matt Ehalt writes about the relationship between Asdrubal Cabrera and his son, Meyer.

Major League Baseball announced that April 4’s matchup between the Mets and Phillies will air live on Facebook.

Latest MLB News

Tommy La Stella and the Cubs front office are in a prank war. Yesterday, he put a bouncy castle in Theo Epstein’s and Jed Hoyer’s parking spots.

Orlando Cepeda‘s absence in Giants Spring Training is being felt according to Henry Schulman of the Chronicle.

Kathy Viola lended her support to cancer survivor, Josh Cohen.

Terry Francona says it will be tough to elevate against Corey Kluber given the movement on his pitches. He suggest hitters focus on their exit velocity back to the dugout.

The Athletics signed Jonathan Lucroy to a one-year deal according to Jane Lee of While Lucroy somewhat salvaged his season in Colorado, his home-road splits while playing with the Rockies were awful.

Latest NL East News

The Nationals cut Jefry Rodriguez and Kelvin Guttierez from their MLB camp and optioned both to Double-A.

Tony Clark was very critical of the Marlins fire sale over the winter.

Mark Bowman of writes about the Braves injury battle following Luiz Gohara‘s injury.

Latest on MMO

Mike Mayer goes over his Early Spring Hits and Misses.

This Day in Mets History

1962: The Mets play their first ever exhibition game. They lose to the Cardinals, 8-0.

Birthdays: John Cangelosi turns 55, Mike Birkbeck turns 57, Ken MacKenzie turns 84.

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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.