Morning Briefing: Wheeler Looks to Give Mets Consecutive Wins

Good morning, Mets fans!

Today, the Mets will play host to the Washington Nationals at 4:10 p.m. In the penultimate game before the All-Star break, Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.42 ERA) will pitch against Austin Voth (MLB debut). The game can be viewed on WPIX and 710WOR.

Yesterday, Noah Syndergaard made his triumphant return off of the disabled list as he held the Nationals to one run over five innings and helped his own cause with an RBI single in second inning.  The Mets won 4-2.

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In order to make room for Syndergaard on the active roster, P.J. Conlon was sent down to Vegas.

There were a couple of updates with Mets players progressing from their injuries. Todd Frazier swung for the first time since going on the DL with a left rib cage muscle strain, per Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News. Later in the day, Matt Ehalt of The Record reported that Yoenis Cespedes has began his running program.

Michael Conforto hosted children at Citi Field from the Cancer Center For Kids at the NYU Winthrop. Per Anthony DiComo of MLB.comBrandon Nimmo joined his teammates in visiting patients at The Ronald McDonald House New York.

Mike Petriello’s latest podcast episode discussed the Mets front office rationale when they acquired Yoenis Cespedes for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

Baseball Prospectus listed Andres Gimenez as the 47th best prospect in their midseason update.

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Jayson Stark of The Athletic published A Useless Information column.

Ken Rosenthal also of The Athletic has the latest on the Manny Machado sweepstakes.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Tigers have made Nick Castellanos available in trades.

Brian Cashman raves about the Yankees young third-baseman Miguel Andujar in Joel Sherman’s of The New York Post‘s latest piece, despite rival execs saying otherwise.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com highlighted 10 players who have sent their trade stocks soaring.

Blake Snell, the A.L. ERA leader, and Charlie Morton were named to the AL All-Star team as injury replacements.

Two years after his postseason heroics, Ryan Merritt was DFA’d by the Indians.

Old friend Sean Gilmartin inked a minor-league deal with the Orioles.

I don’t know how to break this news to you without an exuberant celebration, but Chase Utley had a press conference to announce that he will retire after the 2018 season. (Sorry for the pun)

The Angels have come to terms with veteran reliever Junichi Tazawa. They also put Albert Pujols on the 10-day DL with left knee inflammation.

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Clarke Spencer of The Miami Herald has an intriguing article regarding Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez.

Lewis Brinson will be out for several weeks due to a bone bruise in his hip.

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John Edwards disagrees with the Mets’ offseason gameplan.

Michael Mayer has an interesting comparison to Mets prospect Jeff McNeil.

John Sheridan points out Ronny Mauricio‘s hot streak.

Tim Ryder does not agree with Mickey Callaway‘s decision to leave Amed Rosario out of the starting lineup Thursday night.

Jack Hendon examined Steven Matz‘s recent outing.

On this Date in Mets history 

In 2001, Bobby Valentine picked up his 1,000th managerial win after the Amazin’s defeated the BoSox 2-0.

In 2003, the Mets traded away Jeromy Burnitz to the Dodgers for Kole Strayhorn, Jose Diaz and Victor Diaz.

Let’s Go Mets!

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