Morning Briefing: DeGrom Looks to Even Up The Series

Good morning Met fans! Jacob deGrom will take the mound tonight against lefty Sean Newcomb as the Mets look to even the series at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. The game can be seen on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

Last night, despite a big day from Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets (17-10) were defeated by the Atlanta Braves (17-11) by a score of 3-2 at Citi Field. Check out the highlights below:

Latest Mets News

After telling reporters his thumb was okay, Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup last night just two days later. Cespedes had a big day, homering and picking up three hits.

Jeurys Familia returned to the team last night after missing one game to attend a memorial service for his father-in-law.

Sandy Alderson told reporters catcher Kevin Plawecki is at least two more weeks away from returning.

Alderson said Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton have “done a nice job defensively.” He added that a significant upgrade is not available on the market and he doesn’t find it doable.

On Matt Harvey partying in LA, “Usually I get upset if the report is unexpected .. I guess the short answer is no,” Alderson said.

Steven Matz threw yesterday, he said he felt fine and doesn’t expect any issues. He is still in line to pitch on Saturday night.

Mets third base prospect David Thompson was put on the disabled list Monday after being hit in the left hand with a pitch on Sunday. Tony DeFrancesco said he had a hairline fracture in his hand and would head to New York to see a hand specialist.

Latest MLB News

Major League Baseball has announced that the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners will open the 2019 season in Tokyo on March 20-21.

Does pine tar increase your spin rate? And are the Astros all over that? Trevor Bauer seems to think so.

The Minnesota Twins have placed 3B Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring strain.

The Kansas City Royals have released veteran RHP Clay Buchholz from his minor league deal.

The Los Angeles Angels announced yesterday that they’ve placed RHP Keynan Middleton on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

The San Francisco Giants have placed RHP Johnny Cueto on the 10-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters yesterday that Madison Bumgarner could begin throwing off a bullpen mound in a couple of weeks.

Latest NL East News

The Braves recalled one of their top pitching prospects, RHP Mike Soroka, to make the start last night. He tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Mets in his big league debut.

The Braves re-signed outfielder Peter Bourjos to a new minor league contract after releasing him over the weekend.

Latest on MMO

Jack Hendon breaks down the MMO Player of the Month for April.

Roberto Correa breaks down the Mets Minors Players of the Month for April.

Tim Ryder says the Mets have decisions to make about first base and the outfield.

Teddy Klein breaks down recent draft news involving the Mets.

Mets Minors wrote about prospect Jeremy Vasquez being named SAL Player of the Week.

This Day in Mets History

1968: Mets hitter Bud Harrelson becomes the first batter in baseball history to gain a 3-0 ball-strike count advantage from the on-deck circle when umpire Ed Vargo penalizes Phillies reliever John Boozer for going to his mouth inside the 18-foot circle of the mound.

1983: Jose Oquendo makes his major league debut, grounding into a force out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to Houston.

2008: Jose Reyes is thrown out at home plate in an unusual attempt to complete the cycle with an inside-the-park homer.

Birthday’s: Eddie Bressoud turns 86, Joe Crawford turns 48.

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