Morning Briefing: Syndergaard Returns To The Mound

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (37-54) were defeated by the Washington Nationals (47-46) by a score of 5-4 on Thursday night at Citi Field. Although Steven Matz (4-7, 3.38 ERA) provided the Mets with a quality start and the team’s offense hit a combined three home runs, a critical two-run homer by Bryce Harper in the seventh inning put the game away.

Latest Mets News

The Mets continue their series against the Nationals tonight at 7:10 p.m. EDT. Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06 ERA) will return from the disabled list and pitch for the first time since May 25. He’ll be facing off against Tanner Roark (3-11, 4.76 ERA). The game can watched on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

Right-handed reliever Chris Beck cleared waivers and was outrighted to Las Vegas.

Jon Heyman of Fan Cred Sports ranked the 29 best starting pitchers available or somewhat available ahead of the trading deadline. Four of top 12 are Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz and Zack Wheeler, respectively.

Howie Kussoy of the New York Post sat down with Brooklyn Cyclones bench coach Rich Donnelly who opened up about some intense family tragedies.

Emma Span of The Athletic wrote a story about bullpen blunders over the years. In it she shared a story about Casey Stengel wanting one of his two players named Bob Miller to warm up one day during the dreadful 1962 season. When asked which one, he said, “Surprise me.”

Latest MLB News

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote about a few things including why the Oakland Athletics should be buyers at the trading deadline, the Colorado Rockies’ turnaround and Mike Scioscia‘s unclear future with the Los Angeles Angels.

Topps extended its exclusive trading card license with MLB through 2025 according Eric Fisher of the SportsBusiness Journal. The company has held these rights since 2010.

Sung Min Kim of The Athletic caught up with Julio Franco who is currently coaching in South Korea.

Zack Greinke will be replacing Jon Lester in the All-Star Game per Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.

MLB and KBO have agreed to a revised version of the posting system in place for baseball players in Korea to move from the KBO to MLB. The agreement will be effective until Oct. 31, 2021.

Latest NL East News

The Miami Marlins released a statement about suspending their relationship and promotions with the Papa John’s brand.

Corey Seidman of Yahoo! Sports expects the Philadelphia Phillies to sit out on the Manny Machado sweepstakes.

Matt Powers of Talking Chop discussed the different candidates the Atlanta Braves could draft with ninth overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Roberto Correa scouted the Mets’ 2018 fifth round pick Ryley Gilliam.

John Sheridan wrote about Tim Tebow‘s Eastern League All-Star Game experience where he hit a double.

Sheridan continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series following the Mets four-game set with the Phillies.

Michael Mayer wrote about the Mets scouting New York Yankees’ prospect Justus Sheffield.

This Day in Mets History

1977: The lights at Shea Stadium went off due to a city-wide blackout. Before the game was suspended, Mets players amused the crowd by driving their cars onto the field.

Birthdays: Mike Fitzgerald turns 58 and Jack Aker turns 78.

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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.