Morning Briefing: DeGrom Opens Up Series Against Tampa Bay

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (34-49) were off yesterday after splitting their two-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays (40-46).

Latest Mets News

The Mets are back home where they will continue some interleague play. Jacob deGrom (5-4, 1.84 ERA) will pitch against Ryne Stanek (1-2, 1.98 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (43-43) beginning at 7:10 p.m. EDT.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post compared the Mets and Blue Jays who share some striking similarities.

It’s becoming less likely that the Mets will trade either deGrom or Noah Syndergaard per Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report.

Matt Ehalt of wrote about the near $225 million that the Mets have spent on free agents the last two years and how the money hasn’t been used wisely.

Latest MLB News

Ben Berkon of Forbes wrote a piece on former MLB scout Ramon Pena who was relieved of his duties with the Cleveland Indians in January 2016 and is currently looking for employment. The changing landscape of baseball with regards to sabermetrics is something that makes Pena unsure about his future with baseball.

David Waldstein of The New York Times explained Ichiro Suzukis new unique role for the Seattle Mariners in which he is basically a uniformed consultant, mentor, baseball professor and cheerleader.

The Mariners released Ariel Miranda to pursue an opportunity in Japan.

Mark Feinsand of wrote about Manny Machado‘s trade value which he says is going down each passing day.

Latest NL East News

The Philadelphia Phillies traded southpaw Elniery Garcia to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for international slot money according to Todd Zolecki of

The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins combined for 26 hits and 26 runs on Thursday in the Nats’ 14-12 victory.

Freddie Freeman was back in the Atlanta Braves’ lineup on Thursday after being hit in the right triceps by a CC Sabathia pitch on Wednesday.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Matt Mancuso covered the news about Joe Cavallaro being promoted to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and T.J. Rivera beginning a rehab assignment with the St. Lucie Mets.

John Sheridan covered the news about Peter Alonso being named a Baseball America Midseason All-Star.

Sheridan also continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series after the Mets split their two-game set with the Blue Jays.

Tim Ryder broke down Corey Oswalt‘s second start of the season on Wednesday.

Ryder also wrote about Mickey Callaway who finds himself in tumultuous situation as Sandy Alderson (the man who hired him) is no longer calling the shots at the moment.

Michael Mayer analyzed Seth Lugos successful outing on Wednesday and how it was a continuation of his dominance from the bullpen.

This Day in Mets History

1962: Rod Kanehl hit the first grand slam in Mets history. Also Gil Hodges hit the final home run of his career (his 370th) which put him 10th on the MLB all-time home run list.

2004: Richard Hidalgo set a franchise record by homering in five straight games.

BirthdaysLance Johnson turns 55 and Willie Randolph turns 64.

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