Morning Briefing: Mets Begin Battle For Fourth Place With Marlins

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (32-46) had an off day on Thursday after dropping their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates (38-42) a day prior.

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The Mets will face off against the Miami Marlins (32-50) in South Florida in a series that can either keep the Mets in fourth place or send them into the National League cellar. The Mets will have Jacob deGrom (5-3, 1.69 ERA) on the mound for game one and he will be opposed by Sandy Alcantara (0-0, -.– ERA) who will be making his 2018 debut and the first start of his career. The game will be televised on SNY and broadcast on 710 WOR with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT.

Former Met Addison Reed sent a text of encouragement to Sandy Alderson and has no doubt that he’ll beat cancer again as reported by Mike Berardino of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees has been in contact with the Mets regarding their pitchers according to Neil Best of Newsday. The talks weren’t advanced and he was merely doing his due diligence.

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News wrote about Mickey Callaway entering a no-win situation with the Mets’ upcoming series with the Marlins.

Latest MLB News

The Texas Rangers are making progress towards a Cole Hamels trade to the point where a deal could come to fruition before the All-Star break, per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Shohei Ohtani was cleared by Dr. Yoon to begin a hitting program which he will start right away according to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks look to be contenders in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies appear to be the favorites per Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports.

There were 30 contracts of $1 million or more given out to relievers this offseason. The results thus far have been lackluster as recorded by Craig Edwards of Fangraphs.

Boston Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that while he’d prefer not to go over the luxury tax threshold, the concerns won’t prevent him from making a move, per Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

Latest NL East News

The Atlanta Braves activated Ronald Acuna Jr. from the disabled list and placed Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day DL with right knee tendinitis. The team also recalled Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned Wes Parsons to Gwinnett as reported by Grant McAuley of 92.9 The Game.

Scott Lauber of Philly.com suggested that the Phillies pursue Mike Moustakas or Adrian Beltre before the trading deadline.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Jacob Resnick reported about Zach Borenstein being named the Las Vegas 51s’ only All-Star.

John Sheridan answered a mailbag that asked the question: “What realistic changes can this team make in order to be a playoff contender in 2019?”

Sheridan also continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series after the Mets’ three-game set with the Pirates.

Jack Hendon dissected Zack Wheeler‘s start on Wednesday where he went seven innings in consecutive starts for the first time in his career.

Tim Donner wrote a featured post analyzing how much blame should be placed on Callaway for the state of the Mets.

This Day in Mets History

1969: Tom Seaver recorded his 43rd win and in doing so became the Mets’ all-time leader in victories. He broke Al Jackson‘s record who pitched for the team from 1962 to 1965.

Birthdays: Larry Stahl turns 77 and Bob Shaw was born on this day in 1933.

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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.