Morning Briefing: Mets Return To Queens For Seven-Game Homestand

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (63-76) had off on a Thursday for the tenth and final time of the season yesterday. The team starts a seven-game homestand after coming back from a 5-4 roadtrip.

Latest Mets News

The Mets play the Philadelphia Phillies (73-66) tonight at 7:10 p.m. EDT. Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20 ERA), who is coming off two excellent starts, will face off against Cy Young Award contender Aaron Nola (15-4, 2.23 ERA). The game can be heard on 710 WOR and watched on SNY.

The CT scans from both Zack Wheeler and Kevin Plawecki came back negative according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Puma also reported that the Mets are planning to evaluate Anthony Swarzak on Friday to potentially take him off the disabled list.

Dominic Smith will play for the Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

The Mets will be hosting a development camp this week for top prospects Andres GimenezAnthony KayDavid PetersonJarred KelenicJustin Dunn, Peter Alonso and Ronny Mauricio.

Latest MLB News

The Toronto Blue Jays will likely part ways with manager John Gibbons at the conclusion of the season according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports.

Also the Blue Jays never made a contract extension offer to Josh Donaldson according to Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio. His age and terms were obstacles for the Blue Jays.

Four doctors told Yahoo Sports! that Shohei Ohtani will be able to play as a full-time hitter next season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The fact that he is a left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower helps make it possible.

The Mobile Baybears (the Los Angeles Angels’ Double-A affiliate) will be renamed the Rocket City Trash Pandas after they relocate to Madison, Alabama in 2020 according to AL.com.

Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson took over for Detroit Tigers’ play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba and analyst Rod Allen on Wednesday after the latter two were involved in a physical altercation with one another the day prior according to The Athletic.

Latest NL East News

Despite a late-season sell-off, the Washington Nationals will not manage to get under the competitive balance tax threshold according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

The Nationals will be inducting Jayson Werth into their Ring of Honor according to Eric Fisher of the SportsBusiness Journal.

Laurence Leavy (AKA Marlins Man) will be signing a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins as he ends his season-long feud with the team per Andy Slater of Slater Scoops.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Jacob Resnick covered news about the Mets trading Patrick Kivlehan to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash.

John Sheridan wrote about the news on Luis Santana being named Kingsport’s Sterling Award winner.

Sheridan also continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series after the Mets took two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Matt Musico analyzed Amed Rosario‘s continued success and discussed his productive month of August.

Jack Hendon broke down Wheeler’s quality start from Wednesday.

Michael Mayer discussed the recent dynamic duo forming in the Mets’ middle infield.

John Bernhardt wrote a personal experience about warming up to the new minor league extra innings rule.

This Day in Mets History

1973: The second game of the Mets’ and Montreal Expos’ doubleheader was delayed for 11 minutes to prevent injuries because the setting sun over the rim of the ballpark made it impossible for the first baseman to see the ball being thrown from certain positions on the field.

1978: John Stearns established a new stolen base record for National League catchers as he stole his 25th base of the season. That broke Johnny Kling‘s record of 24 in 1902.

1984: Dwight Gooden threw a one-hitter and notched his 228th strikeout which broke Grover Cleveland Alexander‘s National League rookie record set in 1911 with 227 strikeouts.

Birthdays: Brian Stokes turns 39, David Newhan turns 45, Jason Isringhausen turns 46, Darren Bragg turns 49 and Rick Sweet turns 66.

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John is a communication major with a concentration in media production and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He was also a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show. John aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. He is the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper, The Quadrangle. He was formerly a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball of the Last Word On Sports network and was an editor for Mets Merized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.