Morning Briefing: Matz Scratched, Vargas Starts Off Series in Arizona

The Mets will hope to salvage their season with an upcoming four-game set against the Diamondbacks. In the first game, Jason Vargas (2-4, 7.71) will matchup against former Met farmhand Matt Koch (4-3, 4.20 ERA). Over their last 18 games, the Mets have scored 55 runs. On the other hand, the Dbacks have scored the same amount of runs over their last six games. The game can be viewed on SNY and 710WOR at 9:40 P.M.

Steven Matz was originally supposed to start on Thursday but was moved to Saturday because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

It’s official. The Mets can’t hit. Jacob deGrom gave it all he had, but ultimately it wasn’t enough. He threw seven dominant frames, his line only tainted by a weak RBI single off the bat of (who else) Freddie Freeman. The Mets were no-hit throughout six plus innings by 20-year-old Mike Soroka, who was making his first start off the DL. The Mets are now nine and a half games back of the first-place Braves.

Latest Mets News

The Mets claimed reliever Chris Beck off waivers from the White Sox. It’s a puzzling move as the Mets have many minor-league relievers that are currently excelling in the farm system.

Jay Bruce left yesterday’s contest with a sore back.

The Mets inked a deal worth full slot with their ninth round selection Bryce Montes de Oca. They also came to terms with seventh rounder Kevin Smith and 23rd rounder Saul Gonzalez.

The Mets also released converted-pitcher Jeff Diehl from their minor-league system, per MetsMerizedOnline’s Jacob Resnick.

Latest MLB News 

The White Sox placed reliever Nate Jones on the 10-day DL with a pronator muscle strain.

The White Sox released southpaw T.J. House

Bleacher Report released their farm system rankings.

Chris Sale earned his second-career ejection after arguing with Brian Knight over the strike zone.

Austin Meadows got himself on the highlights reels for all the wrong reason yesterday.

Latest News in the NL East

The Nationals resigned Rafael Bautista to minor-league contract after releasing him over the weekend.

Juan Soto hit a pair of go-ahead homers as the Nationals defeated the Yankees 5-4.

The Braves DFA’ed Luke Jackson.

Latest on MMO

John Sheridan answered the MMO mailbag.

Josh Finkelstein believes Paul Sewald should be the next roster casualty.

On this Date in Mets History 

Duke Snider hit his 400th career homer in 1963.

The Mets inked future major league closer Jeff Reardon to a minor league deal in 1977.

Let’s Go Mets!!

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