Morning Briefing: Wheeler Looks to Win Series Finale With Pirates

Good morning Mets fans! Last night, the New York Mets snapped their seven-game losing streak as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on a Wilmer Flores walk-off single.

Tonight, Zack Wheeler takes the mound against veteran righty Ivan Nova as the Mets look to take the rubber game of this three-game set at 7:10 at Citi Field.

Latest Mets News

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon announced Tuesday during a press conference that general manager Sandy Alderson will take an immediate leave of absence due to health issues.

Assistant general manager John Ricco will take Alderson’s place, and will be helped by J.P. Ricciardi and former Mets general manager Omar Minaya.

The Mets are sent down infielder Luis Guillorme and called up right-handed reliever Gerson Bautista to take his roster spot.

According to Matt Ehalt of The Record, Mets outfielder Jay Bruce will not return from the disabled list on Friday when he is eligible.

James Wagner of the New York Times shares a touching story about Sandy, cancer, the Mets, and the Cubs.

John Boell of Newsday discusses the connection Brandon Nimmo will always have with Sandy Alderson.

Latest MLB News

The Brewers announced Tuesday that they’ve placed Lorenzo Cain on the 10-day disabled list due to a groin strain and recalled fellow outfielder Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Cubs have placed 3B Kris Bryant on the disabled list due to left shoulder inflammation.

Right-handed reliever Shae Simmons has rejected an assignment to the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate and instead elected free agency.

Korea’s Doosan Bears have agreed to sign former MLB outfielder Scott Van Slyke for $320K.

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson suffered a setback while rehabbing in Florida, an MRI revealed an acute left calf strain, he’ll be reevaluated in three weeks.

The Red Sox announced that righty Steven Wright is going on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee.

Latest NL East News

A dead body was found in a freezer at SunTrust Park, home of the Braves. The deceased person was a third party contractor found by another person who works for that company. It’s under investigation.

The Marlins are calling up RHP Pablo López from Triple-A New Orleans to start this weekend vs the Mets.

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall says Mets player development has dropped the ball.

Tim Donner asks how much Mickey Callaway is to blame for the Mets collapse.

Take a seat at the MMO Roundtable as we discuss if Sandy should oversee another Mets rebuild.

This Day in Mets History

1962: Monroe High School standout Ed Kranepool signs a contract that includes an $85,000 bonus with the Mets.

1973: On the same day as his fathers funeral, Buzz Capra pitches four innings of no-hit relief against the Phillies to get the save for starter George Stone as the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-6.

2008: In a 15-6 Mets victory over the Yankees, Carlos Delgado, with a double, three-run homer, and a grand slam, establishes a new team record with 9 RBIs in one game.

Birthday’s: Jeff Conine turns 52, Ricardo Jordan turns 48, Chris Woodward turns 42.

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