Morning Briefing: Syndergaard Goes For Series Sweep

Good morning Mets fans! Last night Matt Harvey made a very strong 2018 debut, throwing five shutout innings of one-hit ball in the Mets 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

On the offensive side of things, the Mets scored two runs on the night. Both runs came in the sixth inning as the Todd Frazier drove in Yoenis Cespedes with an RBI double and Travis d’Arnaud proceeded to drive in Frazier with an RBI single.

Jerry Blevins received the win while Jeurys Familia closed the door for his second save of the season.

Noah Syndergaard will make his second start of the season this afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Tonight’s game will be exclusively broadcasted on Facebook.

Latest Mets News

The Mets have officially placed Anthony Swarzak on the 10-day disabled list with a sore left oblique and have recalled everyone’s favorite reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Swarzak told the media his MRI revealed a “mild to moderate” oblique strain. Doctors told him he will be out a few weeks, but Swarzak hopes to beat that timetable.

Michael Conforto says he still doesn’t know if the Mets will let him come off the DL Thursday when eligible, but he feels 100 percent and ready to go.

After having his turn in the rotation skipped, Seth Lugo will be available out of the bullpen this week. Mickey Callaway said he’d like to get Lugo into a game as soon as possible, and he did just that as Lugo threw a pair of perfect innings last night.

The Mets were the biggest risers in MLB’s latest power rankings, jumping from #14 to #11.

Las Vegas 51s manager Tony DeFrancesco says Dominic Smith is supposed to play five innings in the season opener on Thursday. Smith said he still has to get his legs into baseball shape but he’s feeling good.

Latest MLB News

The Texas Rangers have signed catcher Cameron Rupp to a minor league deal, he will report to Triple-A.

The Seattle Mariners have placed Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained ankle, INF/OF Taylor Motter has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

The Cardinals have placed SS Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, OF Harrison Bader has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

The Diamondbacks have placed 3B Jake Lamb on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint, former Met RHP Matt Koch has been recalled from Triple-A Reno.

Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury has been shut down with a hip injury. Aaron Boone says Aaron Hicks is expected to return before Ellsbury.

To add some outfield depth, the Yankees have claimed OF Trayce Thompson off of waivers.

The Pirates missed out on B.J. Surhoff, now they have his nephew Colin Moran. Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tells us the story of Colin Moran and his athletic family.

Latest NL East News

Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum of released on Tuesday their list of NL East breakout prospects. OF Desmond Lindsay represented the Mets on the list.

The Braves have traded former Met RHP Akeel Morris to the Angels. The Angels have designated RHP Troy Scribner for assignment.

Latest on MMO

John Bernhardt says Steven Matz will be a good test for Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland.

Michael Mayer breaks down the roster Las Vegas 51s roster here.

John Sheridan takes a look at the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2018 roster.

Joseph Hill does the same with the St. Lucie Mets roster.

Matt Mancuso discusses the recently released FanGraphs list of the top 18 Mets prospects.

This Day in Mets History

1924: Gil Hodges is born.

1983: Tom Seaver makes his club-record 11th Opening Day start and combines with Doug Sisk for a 2-0 win vs. Philadelphia at Shea.

1988: Darryl Strawberry cracks an Opening Day home run that hits the roof in Montreal. Kevin McReynolds adds four hits and three RBIs in New York’s 10-6 win.

2007: Mets signed Jenrry Mejia.

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