Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets had a day off on Thursday after dropping the rubber game of a three-game series with the last-place Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon.
Below is the tenth episode of the Mets Matters podcast with Josh Finkelstein and Justin Fried.
Latest Mets News
The Mets will try to change their fortunes tonight as they play the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Steven Matz (1-3, 4.23 ERA) takes the mound looking to replicate the success he found against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday when he went six innings of one-run ball. Matz will be opposed by the Phillies’ ace Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.15 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard on 710 WOR and watched on SNY.
Former Mets pitcher Chris Young has been hired by MLB to fill a new position named “vice president, on-field operations, initiatives and strategy” per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. The issues that he’ll be dealing with include pace-of-play, player safety and on-field technology to name a few.
Latest MLB News
MLB is on pace to have 10,000 less balls in play this season compared to 2009. Jayson Stark of The Athletic provided five ways that action can be put back in baseball.
Kyle Lohse posted about his retirement on Instagram. He finishes his Major League career with a 147-143 record, 4.40 ERA and 1,615 strikeouts in 2,531 2/3 innings.
Latest NL East News
The Phillies demoted reliever Zac Curtis who was their only left-handed pitcher currently on the team.
Latest on MMO/MMN
Joe D. takes a look at the Mets’ run differential which was -14 entering Thursday. On the other hand, the Nationals, Phillies and Braves all had +29, +36 and +46 run differentials, respectively.
Tim Ryder recapped all the Mets’ minor league games that took place on Wednesday.
Mayer also analyzed the Mets’ continued offensive woes even at a hitter-friendly ballpark like Great American Ball Park.
John Sheridan wrote about some rising Mets prospects.
This Day in Mets History
2008: A 13-minute delay occurs as David Ross of the Reds batted out of order against the Mets in the ninth inning of a 8-3 Mets victory. Ross caused his teammate Corey Patterson to lose an at-bat and he got another at-bat for himself.
2012: The Mets played their 8,000th game in franchise history in a 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins.