Morning Briefing: Mets Will Try To Fight Back Against Phillies

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 The issues that he’ll be dealing with include pace-of-play, player safety and on-field technology to name a few.

Matt Harvey will start for the Reds tonight. He sat down with reporters on Thursday and talked about the good and bad he experienced while on the Mets.

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.

Rustin Dodd of The Athletic wrote about Jason Adam who recently made his Major League debut after eight years since being drafted, four surgeries and a trade.

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.

David Price has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and in response he will cut back on playing video games according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.

Latest NL East News

Eric Chesterton of made comparisons of the Atlanta Braves’ young core of Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka to five other past teams’ three-player cores.

Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton underwent arthroscopic surgery for his injured left ankle on Thursday according to Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports.

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.

Michael Mayer reported on Gavin Cecchini‘s x-rays coming back negative after getting hit on the foot during Wednesday’s Las Vegas 51s’ game.

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

1972: The Mets acquired Willie Mays from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Charlie Williams and $50,000.

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.

Birthdays: Walt Terrell turns 60 and Jerry Martin turns 69.

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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.