Morning Briefing: A Brave Double-Dip

Good morning Mets fans! The Mets head to Atlanta today for a doubleheader with the Braves. The first game is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST as Jacob deGrom (4-0 1.54 ERA) looks to continue his dominance as he faces off against Max Fried (0-2 6.00 ERA). The second game is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and the Mets starter has yet to be announced.

Yesterday, the Mets (25-24) lost to the Milwaukee Brewers (34-20) by a score of 8-7 as the bullpen blew the lead again, which allowed the Mets to drop three of the four games in Milwaukee.

Latest Mets News

Wilmer Flores is heading back to New York to receive tests on his sore lower back. Phillip Evans is heading to Atlanta to just in case the slugging infielder needs to go on the disabled list.

Tim Britton of The Athletic reports that in addition to Phillip Evans, the Mets will be sending Kevin Plawecki, Hansel Robles, and Gerson Bautista to Atlanta with the team, all of them being options for activation.

As per Anthony DiComo of, the Mets are taking precaution with reliever AJ Ramos and have decided to send him back to New York to have his right shoulder checked out.

The Mets have decided, with a doubleheader today, to send down Chris Flexen and recall a fresh arm in the form of P.J. Conlon, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic.

Anthony Dicomo of reports that Yoenis Cespedes started running on Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained right hip flexor on May 16.

Todd Frazier (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas this week, per John Ricco. And RHP Anthony Swarzak (oblique) is not far behind him.

Yesterday, The Las Vegas 51s teamed up with Make A Wish to help grant Max’s wish to be a New York Mets baseball player come true.

Latest MLB News

Astros 2B Jose Altuve broke his own Astros record by recording hits in ten consecutive at-bats.

Tampa Rays RHP Austin Pruitt is the first pitcher since 2002 to record a save of 5+ IP.

The Padres have acquired right-hander Phil Hughes, cash and the 74th overall pick in June’s draft from the Twins for young catcher Janigson Villalobos, per announcements from both teams.

Veteran RHP Kris Medlen has retired, according to a Diamondbacks official.

The Mariners have selected catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A, the club sent fellow catcher David Freitas to Triple-A in a corresponding 25-man move.

Mike Vasil, No. 25 on MLBPipeline’s Top 200 Draft prospects list, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Draft and attend the University of Virginia.

Latest NL East News

Braves young OF Ronald Acuña Jr. left yesterday’s game due to knee and lower back pain.

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy drove in six runs last night in his rehab game with Triple-A Harrisburg.

Latest on MMO

Josh Finkelstein pays tribute to David Wright and his fight for his baseball career, two years after his last MLB game.

Finkelstein also mentions how Wilmer Flores has been seizing the opportunity and hitting against right handed pitching.

Over on MetsMinors, Jack Ramsey discusses Mets RHP prospect Christian James’ impressive full season debut.

This Day in Mets History

1989: With runners on second and third, no outs, and the Mets and Dodgers tied at 3-3 in the 12th inning, home plate umpire Bob Davidson calls a balk against Roger McDowell which scores the winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest.

Birthday’s: Bobby Gene Smith, Mike DiFelice turns 50, Ryota Igarashi turns 40.

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