Morning Briefing: Happy Fourth of July Mets Fans!

Good morning, happy Fourth of July! The Mets look to avoid the two-game series sweep as Corey Oswalt takes the mound against Marcus Stroman tonight at 7:07 p.m. at the Rogers Centre.

Last night, the Mets bullpen imploded again as they were defeated by the Blue Jays 8-6.

Latest Mets News

Yoenis Cespedes began a running progression Monday. “All went really well,” according to Mickey Callaway. Cespedes no longer feels any soreness in his right quad/hip flexor.

Noah Syndergaard threw 50 pitches in a simulated game in Port St. Lucie. His next step could be a minor league rehab game, meaning it’s possible he’s about 10 days away from a return.

Last night Jose Bautista made his return to the city he called home for 10 seasons, this time as a member of the Mets. Check out his Players Tribune article thanking Toronto.

Tim Britton of the Athletic discusses the Mets defensive woes still plaguing them at this point in the season.

Mets pitching prospects Justin Dunn and Anthony Kay have been named to Baseball America’s July 2 Prospects Hot Sheet.

Over the past two weeks, Tomas Nido is hitting a robust .364/.400/.606 with five doubles, a homer, and five RBI in Binghamton.

Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso will participate for Team USA in the 2018 Future’s Game.

Mets pitching prospect Nabil Crismatt has continued his pleasantly surprising march through the Mets minor league system with his being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Latest MLB News

There are more than 200 international signings on the books already, check out the latest here!

Corey Brock of the Athletic wrote about how advice from a cab driver helped save Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc’s career.

The Cardinals GM stands up for fans, rips $85 million man Dexter Fowler, “They see he doesn’t hustle.”

The Blue Jays have released veteran right-handed reliever Al Alburquerque from the organization.

The Angels have reinstated RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani from the disabled list and recalled RHP Miguel Almonte from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Colby Rasmus told Buck Showalter yesterday that he was going to go home and discontinue his career.

Astros catcher Brain McCann will undergo surgery on his right knee, he was placed on the DL today for the third time since August 14 and will miss 4-to-6 weeks.

The Dodgers are aggressively pursuing Orioles SS Manny Machado and Tigers starts Michael Fulmer, LA wants Class-A pitcher Dustin May included in any package.

Latest NL East News

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Washington Nationals have had trade talks with the Cincinnati Reds seeking pitching help. Two of the names that Washington has shown interest in include closer Raisel Iglesias and former Met Matt Harvey.

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg threw 60 pitches in a bullpen today, he should be ready for a sim game this weekend.

According to his Instagram, Shane Victorino will be signing a one-day contract and retiring as a Phillie on August 3.

Latest on MMO

In the MMO Exclusive, Matthew Brownstein sits down with Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner, Bret Saberhagen.

Dilip Sridhar discusses why a Zack Cozart for Jay Bruce swap could make sense for both parties.

Joe D hopes the Mets can make a clean break for next season.

This Day in Mets History

1972: Tom Seaver takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning for the second time in his career. Leron Lee singles up the middle with one out to spoil the no-hit bid, forcing Seaver to settle for his fourth one-hitter of his career.

1985: In a 19-inning game, which goes until just before 4 a.m. the next day, the Mets beat the Braves, 16-13. After the six-hour, ten minute game, the 1000 fans left are treated to pre-dawn fireworks which awaken and frighten many of the ballpark’s neighbors.

In this same game, Keith Hernandez hits a double in the first, a triple in the fourth, a homer in the eighth inning, and completes the cycle with a single in the twelfth.

2006: Billy Wagner becomes the 20th pitcher baseball history to record 300 career saves.

Birthdays: Jose Oquendo turns 55.

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