Morning Briefing: Mets Go for First Series Sweep

Good morning, Mets fans! The early season buzz is in the air as the Mets go for the sweep against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. today on SNY and ESPN for those who are out of market.

Yesterday, Jacob deGrom battled without his best command. deGrom pitched into the sixth and was yanked with two outs in order to keep him from facing the powerful bat of Jose Martinez again. Robert Gsellman struck out Martinez but struggled in the next inning. After allowing two baserunners, Gsellman came out for Anthony Swarzak who got out of the jam. The following inning, he gave up a homer and left with an oblique injury.

Jeurys Familia came in for the four-out save and secured it, giving the Mets a 6-2 win. On offense, Todd Frazier had a two-run double in the first inning. Travis d’Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes both homered too. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot and gave the Mets a late insurance run.

Latest Mets News

As mentioned above, Swarzak left the game with a left oblique issue. He will know more tomorrow about the injury and its severity. He seemed optimistic after the game.

Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record ponders Robert Gsellman’s future out of the bullpen.

Latest MLB News

The Orioles released 2013 first-round pick, Josh Hart, after he stalled at Class-A.

Darren Lovell of ESPN reports that “Marlins Man” has been contacted by the Tigers after severing ties with the Marlins.

The Kansas City Royals signed Kyle Loshe to a minor-league deal.

Marc Carig of The Athletic reports that the Yankees signed Oliver Perez. Perez will get $1 million if he reaches the majors.

The Cincinnati Reds signed Yovani Gallardo to a one-year deal.

Billy McKinney was put on the disabled list and Miguel Andujar was called up.

Latest NL East News

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post writes about the return of Adam Eaton.

The Braves designated former Met, Akeel Morris, for assignment.

Andre C. Fernandez writes about the potential of Tayron Guerrero.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes about Gabe Kapler‘s bullpen usage thus far.

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall writes about the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes accepting their roles.

This Day in Mets History

1963: Mets purchase contract of Duke Snider.

1982: Mets trade Lee Mazzilli for Ron Darling and Walt Terell

Birthdays: Daniel Murphy turns 33, Willy Montanez turns 70

Rusty Staub would have turned 74 today. The Mets announced yesterday that they will wear a commemorative patch for Rusty Staub.

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