Morning Briefing: Rested and Ready for the Brewers

Good morning Mets fans!

The New York Mets had a well-earned day off yesterday after getting off to a 10-1 start to the season for the first time in franchise history.

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The Mets are back at it today as they return to Queens to play the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:10 p.m.

Steven Matz (0-1, 3.00 ERA) gets the nod for the Mets looking to build off his last start against the Washington Nationals and Zach Davies (0-1, 5.40 ERA) starts for the Brewers looking to rebound after his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tim Healey of Newsday notes that Rachel Robinson and her children Sharon and David will be at Citi Field on Sunday to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in honor of their husband and father.

Brandon Nimmo arrived to the Las Vegas 51s a little later than anticipated as he had his hand checked out in New York according to 51s’ radio voice Russ Langer.

Nick Diunte of The Sports Post wrote a piece about Cardinals assistant general manager Mike Jorgensen discussing his lifelong connection with the late Rusty Staub.

Tim Heiman, radio voice of the Rumble Ponies, made a comparison between the temperature and attendance of Binghamton’s first homestand.

He mentioned that the average starting temperature was 37.5 degrees during this year’s first homestand and they drew an average of 1,995 fans per game. However, the last time the average starting temperature for the first homestand was below 40 degrees, (which was in 2016 when it was 39.5 degrees) the average fans per game were 1,173. This may lead one to infer that Tim Tebow will once again draw crowds where he plays.

Latest MLB News

Rob Arthur of The Athletic writes about home run rates being down so far this season and says early data shows that changes to the baseball may be the reason.

Joe Kelly gets a six-game suspension and Tyler Austin gets a five-game suspension after their brawl during the Yankee-Red Sox game on Wednesday, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Latest NL East News

Mark Reynolds agreed to a deal with the Washington Nationals according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Matt Breen of Philly.com writes about why the Philadelphia Phillies are seeing so many pitches this season.

Many teams are eying Luisangel Acuna from the international free agent market and while the Atlanta Braves may have had interest, they have been barred from pursuing him after their international free agency scandal last year.

The Miami Marlins’ Double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, attracted more of a crowd than the big league club on Wednesday (6,960 fans in comparison to 6,150 fans).

Latest on MMO/MMN

Mathew Brownstein interviewed Russell A. Carleton who wrote The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking.

John Sheridan gave his three ups and three downs after the Mets swept the Marlins.

Sheridan also analyzed Mets prospects whose stocks have recently risen.

Tim Ryder noted how Asdrubal Cabrera has become a vital piece to the Mets’ success early on in the season.

Teddy Klein wrote about Baseball America’s positive coverage of the Mets international free agent class.

This Day in Mets History

1962: The Mets played their first-ever home game at the Polo Grounds. They fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 4-3 in front of a crowd of 12,447 people.

1967: Tom Seaver made his major league debut in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Pirates in front of a crowd of 5,005 people. His final numbers for the game were 5 1/3 innings pitched, six hits, four walks, two runs and eight strikeouts.

Ricardo Rincon turns 48 and John Stephenson turns 77.

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