Morning Briefing: DeGrom Takes the Mound in Series Finale With Phillies

Good morning Mets fans, last night the Metsies (36-53) were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies (51-39) by a score of 7-3.

Tonight, Jacob deGrom takes the mound in the series finale against Vince Velazquez as the Mets look to split the four-game series at 7:10 pm at Citi Field.

Latest Mets News

Asdrubal Cabrera left last night’s game with a re-aggravation of his previously hyperextended elbow, Mickey Callaway says he is okay and should return to the lineup tonight.

Noah Syndergaard will start on Friday against the Nationals as long as his bullpen goes fine this afternoon.

Jay Bruce recently started baseball activity, but his hip issue continued, as a result the Mets have shut him down from hitting for ten days.

The Mets have optioned RHP Paul Sewald to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Drew Gagnon.

Mets first-round draft pick Jarred Kelenic enjoyed a big day and smacked a clutch go-ahead home run in his Kingsport Debut.

According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Mets are asking for major league ready prospects for Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

Rosenthal also notes the Mets are willing to include cash to get better returns for players such as closer Jeurys Familia, and teams are showing serious interest in righty Zack Wheeler.

Rosenthal also says the Mets have reservations about making John Ricco the permanent general manager beyond this year.

John Harper of the Daily News says Brandon Nimmo‘s story of perseverance is one of the few bright spots in the Mets disappointing season.

Prior to tonights game, Chris Majkowski will throw out the first pitch in honor of his streak of working more than 4,000 straight games as the Mets radio producer.

Jay Jaffe of FanGraphs provides his thoughts on the prospect of a Noah Syndergaard trade.

The Brooklyn Cyclones, are set to host a one night only vegan event night.

Latest MLB News

Jesus Aguilar of the Brewers and Jean Segura of the Mariners are the current All-Star Final Vote leaders.

Oakland A’s 2B Jed Lowrie has been named to his first All-Star team, replacing Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres.

Red Sox OF Mookie Betts suggests removing the Home Run Derby and replacing it with a Skills Competition.

Blue Jays top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr will be promoted to Triple-A upon his return from the disabled list.

The Tampa Bay Rays have released a sneak preview for the plans of their new ballpark, which would have the smallest capacity in MLB.

With Manny Machado/Yankees rumors swirling, Brian Cashman says he is more focused on NY’s weaknesses.

Rob Manfred says MLB thought hitters would adapt to beat defensive shifts. The Nationals’ Daniel Murphy, Mariners’ Kyle Seager, and Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter explain why that’s not as easy as it sounds.

The White Sox have placed outfielder Avisaíl García on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

The Minnesota Twins have released and re-signed recently DFA’d right-hander Felix Jorge to a minor league deal.

Latest NL East News

The Nationals have placed RHP Sean Doolittle on the disabled list with left toe inflammation.

Prior to last night’s game, the Phillies selected the contract of 3B Trevor Plouffe from Triple-A Leigh Valley.

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Jack Hendon discusses Brandon Nimmo’s excitement about even being brought up in All-Star consideration.

This Day in Mets History

1985: Nolan Ryan strikes out Mets LF Danny Heep to record his 4,000th career strikeout.

2006: the Mets sign INF Ruben Tejada.

Birthday’s: Ted Schreiber turns 8o, Jack Heidemann turns 69, Donne Wall turns 51, Mark Little turns 46, Blaine Boyer turns 37.

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