Morning Briefing: MLB Expands Partnership With YouTube

Good morning Mets fans!

If you love baseball and YouTube, you’ll love both of them even more now as the two have expanded their partnership according to Maury Brown of Forbes. MLB Network is now available to watch on YouTube, and going forward all MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to watch live-streamed games on YouTube TV.

Latest Mets News

The Mets fell to the Washington Nationals in Grapefruit League play on Thursday by a score of 8-5. The big story coming out of the game however, was Noah Syndergaard‘s feat of striking out seven consecutive batters.

The Mets travel today to Lakeland to play the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Steven Matz will take the mound hoping to turn in a good outing as he will be faced by Michael Fulmer. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and the game will not be televised.

Mike Piazza had a press conference regarding AC Reggiana; his Italian third-division soccer club. The former Met catcher is furious with the rent he has to pay to Sassuolo; a neighboring Serie A club.

The Yankees-Mets game on Wednesday was the most-watched Grapefruit League game ever televised in the 13-year history of SNY according to Anthony DiComo of

Kelsie Heneghan of ranked the Mets’ group of pitching prospects as the 23rd best group out of the 30 MLB organizations.

Latest MLB News

The Kansas City Royals have re-signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal with a second-year mutual option according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The deal guarantees $6.5 million and maxes out at $22.7 million.

Travis Wood was released by the Tigers after it was revealed that he tore his ACL according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. He is expected to miss either the vast majority of the 2018 season or the entire season altogether.

The Colorado Rockies are nearing a deal to bring back Carlos Gonzalez according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Latest NL East News

Heyman also reports that the Philadelphia Phillies have renewed Rhys Hoskins for $552,500.

The Miami Marlins are setting up commemorative plaques outside Marlins Park in tribute to late pitcher Jose Fernandez and late broadcaster Felo Ramirez.

The Nationals announced their first round of cuts yesterday. Austin Voth was the only National from the 40-man roster to be re-assigned to the minor league side of camp during this round of cuts.

Sam Meredith of Talking Chop looks ahead to 2019 and the Atlanta Braves’ anticipated financial flexibility.

Latest on MMO

Mathew Brownstein interviews former Mets ace Al Leiter.

Jack Hendon lays out his case for why Joel Sherman’s analysis of Yoenis Cespedes‘ behavior was both untrue and biased.

Michael Mayer writes about how Rafael Montero is running out of second chances.

MMO introduces Mets Matters, a new addition to our podcast lineup. This weekly podcast will be hosted by our own Josh Finkelstein and his co-host Justin Fried.

This Day in Mets History

1963: Bill Katz’ and Ruth Roberts’ song, “Meet The Mets,” is introduced to the public as the Mets’ official theme song.

Birthday(s): C.J. Nitkowski turns 45.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.