Morning Briefing: Mets Look To Pick Up Some W’s Against LA

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (31-41) dropped the final game of their four-game series with the Colorado Rockies (37-38) with a 6-4 loss on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field. After performing well in his last five outings, Steven Matz (3-5, 3.68 ERA) ran into trouble against the Rockies. He surrendered eight hits, five runs and two walks in 5 2/3 innings pitched.

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The Mets are back home and will host the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field tonight at 7:10 p.m. EDT. Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.82 ERA) will look to find similar success to the quality start he provided the Mets against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will face Alex Wood (2-5, 4.22 ERA) who brought a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants in his last start.

The Mets made a bevy of moves on Thursday. Kevin Kaczmarski and Drew Smith were both called up to the big league club in place of Paul Sewald and Chris Flexen. While neither were on the 40-man roster, the Mets made room by placing both AJ Ramos and Jamie Callahan on the 60-day disabled list.

Wheeler has been garnering trade interest from some teams according to Jon Heyman of the FRS Baseball Network.

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post wrote a story about the Mets large talent gap in comparison to rival teams like the Atlanta Braves.

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The San Diego Padres could surprisingly be a contender to trade for Manny Machado according to Jon Heyman of the FRS Baseball Network.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote a story about Tommy La Stella who initially refused an assignment to Triple-A in 2016 and is now a team leader for the Chicago Cubs in 2018.

Zack Meisel of The Athletic wrote about Mike Clevinger who once quit baseball in high school to pursue skateboarding and thought about pursuing a job in wildlife or biology just a few years ago.

David Ortiz will manage the World Team and Torii Hunter will manage the U.S. Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park according to MLB Communications.

Latest NL East News

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos talked with David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about how he feels as the trade deadline approaches.

The Philadelphia Phillies have interest in Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers according to John Morosi of MLB.com.

Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily has been suspended for five games after throwing a pitch at Buster Posey while warnings were in place according to ESPN. Marlins manager Don Mattingly was also suspended for one game Thursday.

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Kirk Robinson scouted Simeon Woods-Richardson whom the Mets selected with their second round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Jack Hendon analyzed Seth Lugo‘s rough start on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.

Michael Mayer wrote about Brandon Nimmo who now has enough at-bats to qualify as the league leader for slugging percentage.

This Day in Mets History

1962: Al Jackson threw the first one-hitter in Mets history in a 2-0 victory over the Colt .45’s at the Polo Grounds.

1987: Tom Seaver retired from baseball at the age of 42. He finished his career with 311 wins and a 2.86 ERA.

1994: John Franco picked up his 253rd career save which was the most by a left-hander at the time. His 424 career saves are still the most by a left-hander.

Birthdays: Darrell Ceciliani turns 28, Willie Harris turns 40 and Ron Hodges turns 69.

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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.