Morning Briefing: Bring On The Yanks

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (27-32) were off on Thursday after getting swept in a two-game series to the last-place Baltimore Orioles (19-42) on Wednesday. The Mets are still in search of their first win in the month of June. 

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The Mets will host the crosstown-rival New York Yankees (40-18) for a three-game set. The first game of the series is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. tonight. Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.49 ERA) will look for an elusive win to accommodate his outstanding ERA as he faces Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.79 ERA). The game can be seen on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

Sandy Alderson was given a contract extension in late 2017 and the details were kept under wraps. However, Jon Heyman of FRS Sports Network revealed that it was a two-year deal worth $4 million per year.

Tim Britton of The Athletic caught up with Jay Bruce to talk about mentally managing slumps.

Ron Morris of Baseball America wrote about former Met Turk Wendell and where he is now.

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Buster Olney of suggests a new rule that would limit teams to four pitchers per nine innings, with exceptions for blowouts and injuries.

Bartolo Colon tied Juan Marichal for most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher with 243.

The Texas Rangers gave President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels a multi-year contract extension according to Eric Fisher of the SportsBusiness Journal.

Fernando Abad has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the PED Stanozolol, per Rhett Bollinger of

Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports pointed out that although only 7.8% of this year’s opening-day rosters were comprised of African Americans, 13 of the first 78 players (16.7%) selected in this week’s amateur draft were black.

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Heyman also revealed that the Miami Marlins were close to trading for Mike Fiers in 2016, but did not pull the trigger based off Giancarlo Stanton‘s preference. Fiers hit Stanton with a pitch in 2014 which caused him severe facial damage.

People familiar with the Bryce Harper situation said that the Washington Nationals had contract talks with him last year, but there won’t be any more during the 2018 season. The guess by some is that he will remain in D.C.

Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that the Atlanta Braves like the upside of their 2018 draft class.

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Joseph Hill recapped the third day of the 2018 MLB Draft which was comprised of rounds 11-40.

Michael Mayer covered the news of Justin Dunn being promoted to Double-A Binghamton.

John Sheridan continued his 3 up, 3 down series.

Logan Barer wrote that the Mets should trade for Manny Machado in the offseason.

Barer also considers Peter Alonso to be the Mets first baseman of the future over Dominic Smith.

David Cassilo wrote that the Mets would benefit from releasing Adrian Gonzalez.

This Day in Mets History

1965: The Mets drafted left-handed pitcher Les Rohr in the first round of the inaugural amatuer player draft. Rohr went 2-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 1/3 innings over three seasons.

1968: The Mets refused to play their scheduled game with the San Francisco Giants out of respect for Robert F. Kennedy whose funeral was being held after being assasinated two days prior.

2011: The Mets drafted 18-year-old Brandon Nimmo with the 13th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft which made him the first Wyoming native to be drafted in the first round.

Birthdays: Dave Mlicki turns 50, John Gibbons turns 56 and Joe Grzenda turns 81.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.