Morning Briefing: Mets Look to Extend Winning Streak

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (43-57) defeated the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates (53-51) last night by a score of 12-6. While Steven Matz (5-8, 3.79 ERA) gave up four runs and two homers, he matched a career high in strikeouts with nine. Nine Mets also got hits in the game and they combined for 14 hits and nine walks overall.

Latest Mets News

Jason Vargas (2-6, 8.60 ERA) comes off the disabled list today and will take the mound against Ivan Nova (6-6, 4.28 ERA) and the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. EDT. The game can be viewed on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

To make room for Vargas on the 25-man roster, the Mets optioned Corey Oswalt to Triple-A Las Vegas, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Ty Kelly cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas according to Jacob Resnick of MetsMinors.net.

John Heyman of Fancred Sports shared his notes about each team. His notes on the Mets involved their general manager situation, the Jeurys Familia trade and other potential trades before the deadline, among other things.

Latest MLB News

MLB managers have combined to set a modern record as 42 position players have already pitched in games. Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal explains why this has become so commonplace.

The Pirates are interested in Texas Rangers’ closer Keone Kela according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The New York Yankees traded for J.A. Happ, the Atlanta Braves traded for Jonny Venters and the Milwaukee Brewers traded for Joakim Soria.

While the Yankees now have Happ and Zach Britton to bolster their team, they lost Aaron Judge for a few weeks after he was hit by a pitch last night and sustained a chip fracture of his right wrist.

Latest NL East News

Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reported on all 12 international prospects that the Braves lost during the offseason.

The Philadelphia Phillies were the first team since the 2003 Boston Red Sox to have three teammates hit two homers apiece in the same game.

The Washington Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list again as reported by Jamal Collier of MLB.com.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Jack Ramsey wrote about MLB Pipeline’s updated Top 100 prospects’ list.

John Sheridan continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series after the Mets took two of three games from the San Diego Padres.

Dilip Sridhar analyzed the recent success of Zack Wheeler and the improvements he has made.

Mystere2417 wrote a Fan Shot calling for the Mets to rationally retool their team.

This Day in Mets History

1963: The Mets lost their 21st straight road game with a 1-0 loss against the Houston Colt .45’s. Roger Craig received his 16th straight loss which tied Craig Anderson‘s club record set a year prior.

1975: The Mets released Cleon Jones after suspending him for insubordination. While he didn’t play the rest of the year, he joined the Chicago White Sox the following season.

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John is a communication major with a concentration in media production and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He was also a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show. John aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. He is the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper, The Quadrangle. He was formerly a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball of the Last Word On Sports network and was an editor for Mets Merized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.