Morning Briefing: Bring On The Yankees!

Good morning Mets fans! The All-Star break has come and gone and the New York Mets (39-55) are back in action for the second half of the season.

Latest Mets News

The Mets will take on the crosstown rival New York Yankees (62-33) in the Bronx version of the Subway Series.

Noah Syndergaard (5-1, 2.97 ERA) will be making his second start since being activated from the disabled list and he will be facing Domingo German (2-5, 5.49 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EDT. The game will be broadcast on SNY and 710 WOR.

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News graded the first-half performances of various Mets including 20 players, Mickey Callaway and those sharing the GM decision-making.

Jason Vargas will make his return to the Mets’ rotation on Tuesday according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Tim Tebow left Thursday’s game with hand/wrist discomfort and will be getting a MRI today according to Tyler Feldman of

Latest MLB News

The Los Angeles Angels gave a medical update on Shohei Ohtani after his six-week re-evaluation yesterday with Dr. Steve Yoon. His ligament is continuing to improve and he is medically cleared to begin throwing.

After the San Diego Padres traded Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians for Francisco Mejia, the Padres’ farm system now boasts 10 players ranked among Baseball America’s Top-100 Prospects according to JJ Cooper of Baseball America.

The Yankees are still trying to improve their pitching and are pushing Clint Frazier in trade talks, but teams are more interested in their pitching prospects instead according to Sung Min Kim of The Athletic.

For the first half of the season, MLB has ranked No. 1 in cable prime time for every American MLB market except Miami per Maury Brown of Forbes.

Shelby Miller‘s latest MRI revealed no further UCL damage per Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange.

Latest NL East News

Matt Breen of wrote a piece on how the Philadelphia Phillies’ run to first place in the first half was built on facing down adversity.

The Atlanta Braves announced that they called up Michael Reed from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated Danny Santana for assignment.

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation wrote a piece on the Washington Nationals having hope for the future with or without Bryce Harper.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Dilip Sridhar covered the news about Jarred Kelenic making Keith Law’s midseason Top-50 Prospects list.

John Sheridan had a special “3 Up, 3 Down” article that focused on the first half of the season.

Rob Piersall interviewed minor league prospect Daniel Zamora who the Mets acquired in the Josh Smoker trade.

Michael Mayer wrote a first-half report card for the Mets coaching staff and front office.

This Day in Mets History

Birthday(s): Ty Kelly turns 30.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.