Morning Briefing: Vargas To Start Things Off Against Nationals

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (56-71) split their four-game series with the San Francisco Giants (63-66) as they dropped the final game of the series yesterday by a score of 3-1. Despite Jacob deGrom‘s (8-8, 1.71 ERA) 18th consecutive quality start, some bad defense, luckluster offense and a missed call helped cost him yet another game. DeGrom’s pitching record now stands at an unremarkable 8-8, even though he leads MLB with a sparkling 1.71 ERA.

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The Mets continue their seven-game homestand as they host the Washington Nationals (64-63). Jason Vargas (3-8, 7.67 ERA) will start things off for the Mets as he will take the mound against Gio Gonzalez (7-10, 4.51 ERA). The game will be broadcast on WPIX and 710 WOR, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT.

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post wrote about how the Mets may have found their next Daniel Murphy in the form of Jeff McNeil.

Devin Mesoraco left Thursday’s game early due to some neck stiffness.

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In an article for ACTA Sports, Mark Simon took a look at Strike Zone Runs Saved which is a stat that measures a catcher’s ability to get more strikes for his pitcher than the average catcher. The six teams that lead in that statistical category combine for a .578 winning percentage while the seven teams that rank the lowest in that category combine for a .439 winning percentage.

Sheryl Ring of Fangraphs made a case as to why minor leaguers should be included by the MLBPA.

Billy Hamilton was claimed off waivers by an unknown team, but Jon Heyman of notes that a trade is unlikely as he won’t be a free agent at the end of the season.

Jayson Stark of The Athletic wrote about why a pitch clock is widely unpopular in baseball, especially among what he calls “slowpoke hitters.”

Latest NL East News

The Philadelphia Phillies made a few roster changes yesterday morning. Andrew Knapp and Luis Avilan were both added to the 25-man roster while Justin Bour and Edubray Ramos were both placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Ronald Acuna Jr. got some revenge against the Miami Marlins on Thursday for hitting him on August 15. In his first game since the event, he hit a 432-foot home run in his second at-bat of the game.

Audrey Stark of Federal Baseball wrote about why the Nationals’ trade of  Murphy and Matt Adams showed a lack of self-awareness within the front office.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Matt Mancuso covered the news about Luis Santana and  Guillermo Granadillo both being named to the Appalachian League’s All-Star team.

Matt Musico wrote about Robert Gsellman and what has been a roller coaster of a season thus far.

Jack Hendon broke down deGrom’s tough-luck loss on Thursday.

Michael Mayer shared Mets Minors‘ updated Top 30 Prospects list after the additions of Franklyn Kilome and Will Toffey and after the graduation of Corey Oswalt from having prospect status.

This Day in Mets History

2005: Mike Jacobs became the first player to hit four home runs in his first four games to start off a major league career.

2013: Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer made history as it was the first time that All-Star Game starters had faced each other in the same regular season.

Birthdays: Butch Benton turns 61, Bartolome Fortunato turns 44 and Jamie Callahan turns 24.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.