Morning Briefing: Wheeler Tries To Secure Series Split As Rumors Swirl

Good Morning Mets fans! Zack Wheeler will take the hill today as the Mets wrap up their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game will begin at 1:35 p.m. on WPIX.

Last night, the Mets fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 despite Jacob deGrom allowing only three earned runs in seven innings of work. deGrom’s ERA jumped to 1.82 for the season while the offense once again failed to support him.

Latest Mets News

Bryce Montes de Oca, the Mets ninth-round draft pick in 2018, was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He will not make his debut in 2018. Montes de Oca recently completed his junior year at the University of Missouri, pitching to a 3.13 ERA over 54.2 innings.

The Mets are seeking an “upper-echelon” prospect in return for Zack Wheeler, according to Matt Ehalt.

Mets third base prospect Will Toffey, part of the return in the Jeurys Familia trade, has been playing through a dislocated shoulder, per Jon Heyman. Toffey is expected to have surgery to repair the injury.

Latest MLB News

The New York Yankees traded Chasen Shreeve and Giovanny Gallegos to the St. Louis Cardinals for Luke Voit

The Blue Jays have announced they will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday. Guerrero will report to the Bison following his father’s induction to the Hall of Fame.

Jon Tayler of Sports Illustrated details the experiences of players on the trading block as the trade deadline approaches.

Former Met Josh Smoker was claimed by the Detroit Tigers off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Smoker has been optioned to triple-A Toledo. This season, Smoker made seven appearances and accumulated an 11.12 ERA after being traded for Daniel Zamora.

Matt Holliday is signing a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies, per Jon Heyman. Holliday spent the first five seasons of his major league career with Colorado.

Latest NL East News

Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes about how the Braves eventually selected Chipper Jones in the 1990 MLB draft.

Asdrúbal Cabrera made his debut for the Phillies, starting at shortstop and batting fifth.

Stephen Strasburg rejoined the Nationals in Miami, per Jamal Collier of MLB.com. Strasburg, who has been dealing with neck issues since spring training, hopes to start throwing again soon.

The Marlins and Nationals have discussed a trade involving catcher JT Realmuto, according to Craig Mish.

Latest on MMO

Tim Ryder writes about trade rumors surrounding Zack Wheeler. Wheeler, who has pitched to a 4.33 ERA this season, is drawing trade interest from several teams, according to Jon Heyman.

Tim Ryder also detailed the value of holding on to Zack Wheeler. Ryder writes that Wheeler provides a high level of productivity at a low cost, so he should not be traded unless the Mets are blown away with an offer.

Jack Ramsey writes about David Wright’s progress as he attempts to return to the big leagues. Wright has not played in a major league game since 2016.

Dilip Sridhar writes about the Wilpons meddling with Mets baseball operations.

Logan Barer reflects on Asdrúbal Cabrera’s tenure as a met. Cabrera, who was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, hit .279/.339/.464 in 374 games with the Mets.

In light of Michael Conforto’s recent hot streak, Roberto Correa breaks down the outfielder’s unusual season.

John Sheridan provides a report on Franklyn Kilome, the pitching prospect the Mets received in exchange for Asdrúbal Cabrera.

This Day in Mets History

2004: Eric Valent hits for the cycle in a 10-1 win over the Expos.

2006: 47-year-old Julio Franco became the oldest player to ever pinch run when he replaced Carlos Delgado on the base paths. Franco promptly stole a base and then stayed in the game to play first base.

2008: David Wright scored in his 13th consecutive game, setting a new franchise record.

Birthdays: Félix Mantilla is 84.

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