Morning Briefing: Wheeler Looks To Extend Scoreless Streak

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (47-65) had an off day yesterday after winning their series against the Cincinnati Reds (50-65) a day prior.

Latest Mets News

The Mets will take on the Miami Marlins (47-69) at Marlins Park tonight in a battle that will either help pad the Mets’ fourth place standing or help the Marlins take over fourth.

Zack Wheeler (6-6, 3.89 ERA) gets the nod tonight and he will look to keep the good times rolling as he hasn’t given up a run in 17 consecutive innings. He will be opposed by Jose Urena (3-11, 4.66 ERA) who is coming off a start where he gave up eight hits, two walks, and six runs in five innings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast on SNY and 710 WOR.

Ben Cherington told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that while he loves his job as VP of player development with the Toronto Blue Jays, he is open to other opportunities. He has been recently connected to the Mets and their soon-to-be-vacant general manager position.

Jacob deGrom‘s 10-strikeout performance on Wednesday was his 27th career outing with 10 or more strikeouts. That is good for 5th-most in Mets history according to Baseball Reference.

Mets’ radio broadcaster Josh Lewin recently launched a website called that tackles the tough topics of anxiety and depression which Lewin himself has struggled with in his life.

Latest MLB News

The Oakland Athletics traded minor leaguer Dakota Chalmers for Minnesota Twins’ closer Fernando Rodney per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.

Bartolo Colon wants to surpass Juan Marichal‘s record for most innings pitched by a Dominican-born player (3,507 innings) according to Levi Weaver of The Athletic. That means it’s possible that he may pitch in 2019 as well.

Brandon Sneed of Bleacher Report wrote about how Kate Upton was able to help turn Justin Verlander‘s career around after injuries and depression nearly derailed it.

MLB will have Players’ Weekend this year from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26 according to Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal. Just like last year, players will be able to wear custom jerseys and tees with nicknames on them.

Scott Boras spoke on MLB Network Radio about shifts and how he doesn’t like how they negatively affect his clients.

Latest NL East News

The Dominican Prospect League called for Atlanta Braves’ broadcaster Joe Simpson to be suspended or voluntarily sit out a game after questioning Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto‘s age on air.

Kendra Andrews of the Washington Post wrote about Michael Taylor coming up big when pressed into the duty of starting in place of Bryce Harper in Thursday’s matchup against the Braves.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Jack Ramsey wrote about the Mets’ midseason prospects (nos. 10-6) as ranked by Mets Minors.

Michael Mayer analyzed Austin Jackson‘s start to his Mets’ career which has been positive with the bat and negative with the glove.

John Sheridan continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series after the Mets’ three-game set with the Reds.

Sheridan also wrote a “MMO Prospect Spotlight” that focused on four of the Mets’ shortstop prospects.

Matt Musico wrote a piece that questioned whether the Mets are truly going to do enough in the offseason to contend next season.

This Day In Mets History

1994: Bret Saberhagen won his 14th and final game of the strike-shortened season. He finished the year third in Cy Young award voting after going 14-4 with a 2.74 ERA, 1.026 WHIP and 143 strikeouts in 177 1/3 innings and 24 starts.

2004: Tom Glavine sustained injuries after the taxi bringing him from LaGuardia Airport to Shea Stadium got into an accident.

Birthdays: Gerald Williams turns 52, Chuck Carr turns 51, Brandon Lyon turns 39 and Matt den Dekker turns 31. It is also 79 years since Johnny Lewis, who recently passed away on July 29, was born.

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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.