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.
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.
Jayson Stark of The Athletic wrote about why a pitch clock is widely unpopular in baseball, especially among what he calls “slowpoke hitters.”
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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.
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Jack Hendon broke down deGrom’s tough-luck loss on Thursday.
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.