Morning Briefing: Mets Begin Final Series Of 2018

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (75-84) beat the Atlanta Braves (89-70) 4-1 on Thursday night at Citi Field behind seven shutout innings from Jason Vargas and home runs from both Kevin Plawecki and Devin Mesoraco.

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The Mets begin a three-game series with the Miami Marlins (62-96) today which will constitute as their final series of the year. Corey Oswalt (3-3, 6.08 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets opposite of Jose Urena (8-12, 4.07 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by both SNY and 710 WOR.

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post wrote down Jose Reyes‘ firsthand account regarding his friendship with David Wright.

Dwight Gooden, who had the best season as a Mets pitcher in 1985, enjoyed watching Jacob deGrom pitch this season according to Howie Kussoy of the New York Post.

“I followed him, and I enjoyed watching him,” Gooden told The Post on Thursday. “From what the fans tell me, I felt like what I brought to them, he was bringing to me.”

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Ballpark Digest named Binghamton Rumble Ponies’ play-by-play announcer Tim Heiman as their 2018 Minor League Broadcaster of the Year.

David Laurila of Fangraphs wrote a piece on Fredi Gonzalez who admitted he would embrace the changing times in baseball and do certain things differently if he were managing now in comparison to when he was managing in the past.

JP Hoornstra of the Orange County Register did some research on the difference between minor league baseballs and major league baseballs by having 14 MLB players feel them in their hands with their eyes closed. Most of them were able to tell the difference.

Ted Berg of For The Win wrote a feature on former MLB All-Star Brad Lidge who does archaeological digs in Ancient Rome once a year.

Latest NL East News

Marlins Park will be hosting a workout on Friday, Oct. 5 for Cuban ballplayers Victor Victor Mesa, his younger brother Victor Mesa Jr. and Sandy Gaston according to Jesse Sanchez of

Despite an overachieving season from the Philadelphia Phillies, they’ve had recent struggles as they dropped their eighth consecutive game on Thursday.

Matt Snyder of CBS Sports made a case as to why the Washington Nationals should let Bryce Harper walk in free agency.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Jacob Resnick covered the news about the six players (Adam Atkins, Anthony Dimino, Ricky Knapp, Josh Prevost, Dylan Snypes and Champ Stuart) that the Mets released on Wednesday.

Rob Piersall took a look back at Wright’s career offensive highlights.

Matt Musico analyzed Brandon Nimmo‘s impressive stats when facing potential playoff teams.

Michael Mayer covered the news about Seth Lugo planning to train as a starter this offseason.

This Day in Mets History

2008: The Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the season for the second consecutive year after losing 4-2 to the Florida Marlins. It was also the last game ever played at Shea Stadium.

2011: Reyes took himself out of the season finale against the Cincinnati Reds after dropping down a bunt single in the first inning to increase his batting average to .337 en route to winning the National League batting title.

Birthdays: Ronn Reynolds turns 60 and Mike DeJean turns 48.

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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.