Morning Briefing: Mets End Road Trip on a High Note

Good Morning, Mets Fans!!

Today, Seth Lugo will make his first start of the year against Chicago Cubs southpaw Jose Quintana. This will be Lugo’s first start since September 30th of 2017. The game will be on SNY and 710 WOR at 7:10 P.M.

Yesterday’s game wasn’t pretty, but the Mets still won it nevertheless. Adrian Gonzalez got the scoring started with an RBI double in the fourth inning. Brandon Nimmo extended it with a seventh-inning single. The Mets put the game out of reach when Gonzalez and Nimmo contributed their second RBI’s of the night.

Jason Vargas finally held a lead and pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Tim Peterson made his Major-League debut(Congrats to Tim!) and even though he allowed a run, it was still a special night for the 27-year-old. Jeurys Familia, surprisingly, came on in the eighth and, aided by an Amed Rosario defensive gem, kept the Braves off the board. Robert Gsellman closed out the game with a perfect ninth.

Latest Mets News

Panic City has really set Citi Field ablaze! Daniel Mosher filmed a video of flames coming out of the stadium, near the Mets Hall of Fame. FDNY Alerts later tweeted that the fire only lasted 15 minutes and was quickly put under control.

The Mets made a series of roster moves to appease their tired bullpen. They called up Buddy Baumann, Tim Peterson, and Scott Copeland. To make room on the roster, they DFA’ed P.J. Conlon and moved Juan Lagares to the 60-day DL. Finally, they sent down Jacob Rhame and Phillip Evans to the  Las Vegas 51s.

Reliever Eric Hanhold was also promoted to Triple-A.

Todd Frazier is poised to start a rehab assignment soon, per assistant GM John Ricco. According to Ricco, Wilmer Flores is dealing with a “disc issue.”

The Mets made history with their hiring of Marysol Castro and Colin Cosell as PA announcers. Castro will become the first female to be employed for that role.

Steven Matz hopes he won’t miss his next start with a slight left middle finger strain. And if you’re wondering, no, he didn’t get that injury from flipping people off; he suffered it while batting in Tuesday’s game.

Latest MLB News 

Major League Baseball declared that Fan Voting for 2018’s All-Star Game will begin this Friday.

In a strange move, the Tigers released their 27th ranked prospect, according to MLB.com,  Gerson Moreno. The move was prompted when it was discovered Moreno would need Tommy John Surgery.

The Reds moved Homer Bailey to the bullpen.

Dustin Palmateer of The Athletic examined the San Diego Padres usage of the shift.

Alex Reyes made his long-awaited return to a big-league mound and dominated in his return, pitching four innings of four-hit ball.

The Dodgers released veteran utility infielder Danny Espinosa. They also put starter Kenta Maeda on the DL with a mild hip strain.

Shohei Otani threw the fastest pitch by a starting pitcher this year with his 101.1 fastball to Jeimer Candelario.

The Giants announced Jeff Samardzija landed on the DL with right shoulder tightness.

Latest NL East News 

The Phillies placed both Rhys Hoskins and Pedro Florimon on the 10-day DL. Hoskins suffered a jaw fracture while Florimon sustained a broken bone in his foot. The Phillies also shifted Jerad Eickhoff on the 60-day DL.

Max Scherzer won his 150th career game last night.

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Sam Lebowitz argues Jose Reyes‘s tenure with the Mets should be coming to close soon.

Josh Finkelstein raved about Asdrubal Cabrera‘s offensive contributions this year.

Finkelstein also wrote how the first inning has been the key to the Mets’ success this year.

John Sheridan answered the MMO mailbag.

This Date in Mets History

1991: The Mets trade Tim Teufel to the San Diego Padres for Garry Templeton.

Birthdays: Dwight Bernard turns 66, Joe Orsulak turns 56, and Gerson Bautista turns 23.

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