Morning Briefing: Changes Are Ahead Of Us

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets are now 13 days away from their Opening Day matchup with the Washington Nationals. In the meantime, you can watch the Mets and Nats play their second exhibition game of spring training today. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EDT at First Data Field.

Latest Mets News

The Mets tied the St. Louis Cardinals 1-1 on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Zack Wheeler pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings to lower his spring training ERA to 2.25. He allowed two hits and no walks, while he struck out four Cardinals.

Matt Ehalt announced will no longer be writing for The Record. Ehalt also announced that he will be joining Yahoo Sports to cover the Mets for Queens Baseball Club.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports wrote a piece on Brodie Van Wagenen who continues to preach the idea that the Mets will win now.

“I feel like we can contend right now, and fully expect to,” Van Wagenen said according to Nightengale.

Todd Frazier passed along the team’s condolences for longtime clubhouse manager Tony Carullo whose father just passed away, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Latest MLB News

MLB and the MLBPA announced a variety of rule changes that will either take place in 2019 or 2020. Among the changes are a one-day trade deadline (effective 2019), a tweak to the All-Star Game voting (effective 2019), a 26-man roster (effective 2020) and a three-batter minimum for pitchers (effective 2020).

Brock Holt and Brian Johnson opened up about their struggles with mental health in an article by Trenni Kusnierek of NBC Sports Boston.

Cliff Corcoran of The Athletic created the 2019 Misery Index “in order to rank the fanbases of all 30 major-league teams according to their current state of baseball-induced misery.”

The Detroit Tigers shut down Michael Fulmer indefinitely so he could redefine his lower body mechanics, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

Latest NL East News

Matthew Veasey of Phillies Nation wrote a piece on Shane Victorino who is helping out the Philadelphia Phillies this season at spring training.

Michael A. Taylor left the Nationals spring training game on Thursday after he jammed his left knee into the ground.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Mathew Brownstein interviewed southpaw Hector Santiago.

Matt Musico wrote about how Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto are on the verge of being a lethal outfield duo.

Tim Ryder wrote about Robinson Cano who looks as if he is in midseason form so far during spring training.

Ryder also analyzed Wheeler’s start and his performance during spring training as a whole.

Jack Ramsey interviewed Tommy Wilson, whom the Mets selected in the 19th round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

This Day in Mets History

2018: Ed Charles, a member of the 1969 World Series team, passed away one year ago today at the age of 84.

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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.