Morning Briefing: First-Place D-Backs Are In Town

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (20-19) had off yesterday which marked the fourth time in the last eight days that the team didn’t play a game. They’re back in action today as they host the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks (25-18) for a three-game series.

Latest Mets News

The Mets will open up their series against the Diamondbacks beginning at 7:10 p.m. tonight as they send Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.83 ERA) to the mound. In opposition to deGrom will be 28-year-old Zack Godley (4-2, 4.08 ERA). The game can be viewed on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote that the Mets’ window for competing is slamming shut. He cites the collapse of the Mets’ rotation and the rise of the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves as major reasons.

John Harper of the New York Daily News suggested that the Mets consider trading deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard if they don’t improve dramatically.

Latest MLB News

Carson Smith plans on getting a second opinion on his shoulder with Dr. Altchek in New York. His rotator cuff is fine, but he needs more clarification on his labrum according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Smith originally injured himself after throwing his glove in frustration.

The Los Angeles Angels announced that closer Keynan Middleton has been recommended Tommy John surgery to repair his UCL.

The New York Yankees had to sleep at Dulles International Airport on Wednesday night according to Andrew Mearns of MLB.com/Cut4. Their plane never took off due to poor weather in addition to mechanical problems with the plane.

Latest NL East News

The Braves announced that they have placed Mike Soroka on the 10-day disabled list due to pain in his right shoulder. They called up Max Fried from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.

Bob Brookover of Philly.com analyzed the starting rotation of the Phillies’ low-A Lakewood affiliate which has been dominant thus far this season.

Washington Nationals’ catcher Matt Wieters has undergone surgery to repair his left hamstring according to Dan Kolko of MASN.

Former Miami Marlins president David Samson said that former Florida Marlin Miguel Cabrera “always wanted to come back to Miami,” but was hindered from doing so because of payroll constraints.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Michael Mayer interviewed minor leaguer Christian James whom the Mets selected in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Mayer also recapped Nabil Crismatt‘s start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Thursday in which he flirted with a no-hitter.

Mayer also wrote about the news regarding Todd Frazier who is now not expected back from the disabled list on Friday.

Joe D. analyzed the current state of the Mets.

Dilip Sridhar gave an update on where the Mets stand right now in terms of the 2018 MLB Draft and who they’re leaning towards drafting.

This Day in Mets History

Birthday(s): Nelson Figueroa turns 44.

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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.