Morning Briefing: Lugo Looks to Get Mets Back on Winning Track

Good morning Mets fans! The Mets will send Seth Lugo to the mound as they take on Chad Bettis and the Rockies in the third game of this four-game tonight at 8:40 pm.

Last night, Jason Vargas was knocked around by the Rockies as the Mets were defeated 10-8 at Coors Field.

Latest Mets News

The Mets called up reliever Tim Peterson and placed OF Jay Bruce on the 10-day disabled list.

With Bruce heading to the DL, Dominic Smith made his first career Major League start in left field last night.

Todd Frazier told Steve Gelbs he thinks Jacob deGrom is the best pitcher he’s ever played with. “Every pitch just seems like it’s unhittable.”

Injured starter Noah Syndergaard played catch Monday at Coors Field, his first baseball activities in over a week as per Tim Healey of Newsday.

Mets minor league infielder Jeff McNeil has started to draw trade interest from other teams around the league, according to Matt Ehalt of The Record.

According to multiple sources including Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News, Mets relief pitcher AJ Ramos will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Paul DePodesta, who caught plenty of backlash for the Nimmo pick before departing the organization for the Browns told Mike Puma of the NY Post, “I’m just happy for Brandon and the Mets,” he said. “Seeking vindication in these jobs is a bad life choice.”

Latest MLB News

FanGraphs discusses the importance of Pride Month in Major League Baseball.

Veteran catcher Brayan Pena is hanging up his spikes after a dozen seasons in the majors. He will now manage a Gulf Coast League team for the Tigers.

The Cardinals activated veteran reliever Greg Holland from the disabled list. To open a roster spot, the club moved righty Matt Bowman to the 10-day DL with blisters on his middle finger.

The Red Sox are interested in upgrading their bullpen, but in order to acquire San Diego LHP Brad Hand, source says the Padres likely asking price would be a young everyday player, such as 3B Rafael Devers.

The Boston Globe says Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is not close to returning to the club.

Cubs closer Brandon Morrow wasn’t available to pitch Monday after tweaking his back taking off his pants.

The Angels have acquired RHP Deck McGuire from the Rangers for cash or a PTBN, and designate catcher Juan Graterol for assignment.

Rangers abruptly sent LHP Yohander Mendez back to the minors after an incident involving ‘multiple players’.

The Brewers have designated lefty Boone Logan for assignment and have recalled RHP Freddy Peralta, per a club announcement.

Giants RHP Hunter Strickland punched a door after coming out of the game Monday night. He fractured his pitching hand and is having surgery, and will be out at least six to eight weeks.

The Diamondbacks and Orioles have been in contact about a possible Manny Machado trade this season, dialogue remains open between the clubs.

Trade interest is building in Blue Jays reliever Ryan Tepera, who has a career-best SO/9 rate this year.

The Orioles have designated corner infielder Pedro Alvarez for assignment, per a club announcement

Latest NL East News

The Nationals have placed first baseman Matt Adams on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger.

Phillies shortstop/third baseman J.P. Crawford suffered a broken left hand upon being hit by a pitch in last nights game, he’ll be out for the next four to six weeks.

Latest on MMO

John Sheridan discusses some of the rising Mets prospects, including Drew Smith.

Rob Piersall discusses how to improve the Mets bullpen from within the organization.

This Day in Mets History

1963: The first Mayor’s Trophy Game between the Mets and Yankees is played in the Bronx, with Casey Stengel’s expansion team defeating the defending champs 6-2.

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