Morning Briefing: Lugo Looks To Stay Scoreless In Third Start

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets went on the road and opened a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday as Jason Vargas (2-5, 7.39 ERA) faced off against Matt Koch (5-3, 4.09 ERA). Despite three home runs, the Mets lost the opener in part to struggles in the bullpen by Jerry Blevins, Paul Sewald and Jacob Rhame.

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The Mets continue their series with the Diamondbacks tonight at Chase Field. Seth Lugo (2-1, 1.77 ERA) will start for the third time this season after going a combined 10 scoreless innings the last two times. He’ll face Zack Godley (6-5, 4.97 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m. EDT. The game can be watched on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

John Heyman of the FanRag Sports Network joined the fray of sports writers who believe the Mets should trade Jacob deGrom.

Jose Lobaton was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas after passing through waivers according to Tim Healey of Newsday.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com mentioned five players in the National League East who are poised to turn things around soon. Among the five is Michael Conforto.

Rob Manfred said the viral video of Terry Collins arguing with umpires has been scrubbed from the internet per Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal. The reason is due to a collective bargaining agreement with the umpires which stated that interactions involving microphoned umpires wouldn’t be made public.

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Jamey Newberg of The Athletic wrote a story on Texas Rangers fourth-round pick Mason Englert and his parents.

The Minnesota Twins demoted Miguel Sano from the MLB level to Single-A, per Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus.

The Cleveland Indians announced that they activated Brandon Guyer from the 10-day disabled list and designated Melky Cabrera for assignment.

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated posed a solution to fix the problem of too many strikeouts in baseball.

Latest NL East News

Ted Lerner stepped down as principal owner of the Washington Nationals and his son Mark Lerner assumed the role according to Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal.

Vince Velasquez went 6 2/3 no-hit innings on Thursday in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

The Miami Marlins fell to the San Francisco Giants by a score of 6-3 in a 16-inning marathon on Thursday in Miami.

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Josh Ravin was hit in the head by a line drive during a Triple-A Gwinnett game. He was able to get up under his own power, but underwent testing afterwards.

Latest on MMO/MMN

John Sheridan wrote about the news that MMO’s Logan Barer broke regarding Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Sheridan continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series after the Mets were swept in two games by the Braves.

Marc M. described the current state of the Mets in a MMO Fan Shot. (If interested in writing a Fan Shot for us, find out more information here!)

Michael Mayer wrote about the Brooklyn Cyclones’ preliminary roster which was released today.

Tim Ryder laid out how deGrom’s excellent 2018 campaign is being wasted.

This Day in Mets History

1969: Mets traded Kevin CollinsSteve Renko, Jay Carden and Dave Colon to the Montreal Expos for Donn Clendenon.

1977: The Mets traded Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. The Mets also traded Dave Kingman to the California Angels for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.

1983: The Mets traded Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Keith Hernandez.

Birthdays: Dominic Smith turns 23, Jeremy Reed turns 37, Tony Clark turns 46, Dave Liddell turns 52, Brett Butler turns 61 and Ken Henderson turns 72.

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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.