Morning Briefing: Mets Spoil Nats Home Opener

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (5-1) defeated the Washington Nationals (4-3) 8-2 during their home opener at Nationals Park on Thursday. Michael Conforto homered in his return to the lineup while fellow outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce homered as well. 

Jacob deGrom went six solid innings to pick up his second win of the season and was followed by three scoreless innings from the bullpen which has been spectacular thus far.

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The Mets have a day off on Friday before continuing their series with the Nats on Saturday. Steven Matz (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will look to rebound from his first start of the season, while Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will look to build off his strong season debut. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said that Tim Tebow‘s performance in the minors and his age were factors on why he was promoted to Double-A Binghamton per Trish Kilgannon of Spectrum News.

Tebow made a good first impression with his new club by mashing a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat.

Hansel Robles has struck out six of the seven batters he has faced so far this season after originally being sent to the minors near the end of spring training.

Mets relievers as a whole have been striking out opponents quite often. Through the first six games, the bullpen has struck out 34 batters in 22 1/3 innings.

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Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios and Max Kepler all declined long-term deals with the Minnesota Twins according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Rian Watt of Fangraphs explains how transactions in baseball don’t become official before being recorded and approved in the Electronic Baseball Information System (eBIS).

Kevin Siegrist refused his minor league assignment with the Pittsburgh Pirates and is now a free agent according to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic.

The Pirates claimed Jesus Liranzo, the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed Alec Asher and the Oakland Athletics claimed Trayce Thompson.

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An anonymous Phillie put blame on new manager Gabe Kapler for the poor start to the season thus far.

“We’ll be OK … We just need the manager to get out of the way,” said the anonymous Phillie according to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports.

Tyler Kolek was scratched from his first scheduled start of the season and instead put on the minor league disabled list for right-shoulder tendinitis according to Sam Dykstra of MiLB. Kolek, who was the Miami Marlins’ first-round pick (No. 2 overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft, has only thrown 3 2/3 innings of professional baseball after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Adam Eaton left during the Nats’ home opener on Thursday after tweaking his ankle on a slide. His removal from the game was merely deemed precautionary, however.

The Atlanta Braves have been linked to Bryce Harper in regards to free agency as first mentioned by Steve Phillips of SiriusXM Radio and as written by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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Tim Ryder took a look at the impact Amed Rosario‘s clutch hitting has made early on in the season.

Michael Mayer analyzed the bullpen’s game-saving performance during Noah Syndergaard‘s start on Wednesday.

John Sheridan gave three positives and three negatives after the Mets’ sweep of the Phillies on Wednesday.

Joseph Hill wrote a Minor League Opening Day preview ahead of Thursday’s minor league openers.

Sheridan also wrote about 2017 first-round pick David Peterson‘s delayed start to the season due to a physical issue.

This Day in Mets History

1972: Gil Hodges is buried in Brooklyn, Yogi Berra is given a two-year contract to manage the Mets and Rusty Staub is acquired in a trade with the Montreal Expos.

1973: The Mets beat the Phillies by a score of 3-0 on Opening Day at Shea Stadium as Tom Seaver outduels Steve Carlton.

1984: The Mets defeat the Houston Astros 8-1 for the Mets’ 1,500th regular season victory in franchise history.

Birthdays: Andy Phillips turns 41 and Wayne Graham turns 82.

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John is a communication major with a concentration in media production and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He was also a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show. John aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. He is the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper, The Quadrangle. He was formerly a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball of the Last Word On Sports network and was an editor for Mets Merized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.