Morning Briefing: No changes


FIRST PITCH: Bartolo Colon is still here. Daniel Murphy is still here. Troy Tulowitzki and/or Carlos Gonzalez? Still not here.

The New York Mets who will head into August with Friday night's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field are the same Mets who finished July by winning a series from the Philadelphia Phillies. And that may not be a bad thing, given the more-than-decent 15-10 record the Mets put together over the last month.

August opens with a four-game wraparound series against the Giants, and with a Friday night pitching matchup that has Jonathon Niese (5-6, 3.23) going up against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 4.45).

Friday's news reports:

• The non-waiver trade deadline was naturally the big news of the day, even though for the third consecutive July the Mets elected to stand pat. You can read all of general manager Sandy Alderson's post-deadline comments here. Or you can read roundups and analysis in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• It was a good month for the Mets, and it wasn't tough to pick Lucas Duda as the biggest reason why. But what about the worst Met in July? In Mike Puma's July overview in the Post, he picks David Wright.

• It was far from a boring trade deadline, with aces Jon Lester and David Price moving out of the American League East and onto two of baseball's power franchises of 2014. But this was the trade deadline that left New York behind on both sides of town, even with the Yankees continuing to collect middling infielders. Deflating, says columnist Bob Klapisch of the Record, although he comes down much harder on the Yankees than on the Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Gregg Jefferies turns 47 today. ... Brian Bohanon is 46.


YOU'RE UP: Are you hoping for an August waiver deal, or are you happy with the Mets as they are?