Morning Briefing: Mets Look to Chop Into NL East Deficit

Good morning, Mets fans!

Tonight, New York will open a crucial two-game set with the Atlanta Braves. Zack Wheeler (2-4, 4.57 ERA) will face off against Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.31 ERA). Foltynewicz is enjoying a career-best campaign, sitting fifth in the National League with his 2.31 ERA and 88 strikeouts. The game will be on SNY and 710 WOR at 7:35 p.m.

Latest Mets News

The Mets will skip Jason Vargas‘s turn in the rotation this time around and will instead have Wheeler and Jacob deGrom match up against the Braves.

After Sunday’s game, the Mets made a flurry of roster moves. They released Adrian Gonzalez and will DFA Jose Lobaton. Replacing them on the roster will be Dominic Smith and Ty Kelly.

Three Mets were featured on Fangraphs‘ ranking of the top 131 MLB prospects.

Anthony DiComo of reports that Asdrubal Cabrera is not expected to go on the DL. He was removed from Sunday night’s game with a hamstring issue.

According to MetsMerizedOnline’s Jacob Resnick, No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, Jarred Kelenic, will start his pro career with the GCL Mets. Third base prospect Mark Vientos will, surprisingly, stick at Kingsport to begin 2018.

Resnick also reports that the Mets and undrafted free agent pitcher Andrew Ryan have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal.

Double-A Binghamton will host a “Bobby Valentine Day” on Aug. 19.

On the heels of a dominant week, Justin Dunn earned a spot on’s Prospect Team of the Week list.

It was a good week to be a Mets minor league starter. Josh Prevost of the St. Lucie Mets received the FSL’s Player of the Week award after his complete-game, one-hitter.

Asdrubal Cabrera is in a distant fourth place as the NL’s All-Star voting results have been released. Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs players are well-represented.

Latest MLB News

The Baltimore Orioles welcomed Zach Britton back from the 60-day DL.

The Cleveland Indians recalled top prospect Francisco Mejia.

Phil Murphy signed a law that will soon allow New Jerseyans to legally place sports bets.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports described his revolutionary ideas to improve baseball.

As if 2018 wasn’t weird enough already, one of the Yankees’s minor league teams will be rebranded as the “Staten Island Pizza Rats.”

Despite some earlier speculation that Shohei Ohtani could miss 2018 and 2019 from Tommy John Surgery, Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed that that was not yet the case.

The Tampa Bay Rays brought up top prospect Willy Adames.

Latest NL East News

Jon Heyman of believes that Alec Bohm’s underslot deal with the Phillies will soon be finalized.

Latest on MMO 

Ernest Dove broke down the importance of Cameron Planck‘s upcoming start.

John Sheridan continued his 3 Up, 3 Down series.

Chris Gaine wrote about how the lack of pop is killing the Mets.

Logan Barer talked about Seth Lugo‘s underrated season.

Joe D spoke about Lugo and Robert Gsellman‘s contributions this season.

On this Date in Mets History

In 2009, Luis Castillo made an infamous mistake in a game against the Yankees. I won’t even bother describing it. But if you really don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the video.

The Mets signed Tug McGraw in 1964.

Birthdays: Damon Buford (48), Keith Miller (55).

Let’s Go Mets!

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