Morning Briefing: deGrom Day!

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Jacob deGrom continues his NL Rookie if the Year campaign on Monday night.NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Time to reel in the Miami Marlins!

Jacob deGrom's Rookie of the Year campaign continues Monday as the Mets open a three-game series against the Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins at Citi Field. Stanton, an MVP candidate, suffered facial fractures when he was struck with an 88 mph pitch from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers on Thursday.

The Marlins (72-76) are a game ahead of the Mets (72-78) for third place in the NL East. For the record, the Mets are 7 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild-card spot with 12 games remaining.

DeGrom (8-6, 2.62 ERA) opposes right-hander Jarred Cosart (13-9, 3.70), who was acquired on July 31 in a deal that sent outfielder Jake Marisnick to the Houston Astros.

Since allowing six runs and 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings at St. Louis on June 16 to drop to 0-4, deGrom has posted a 1.77 ERA, .210 opponent batting average and 0.996 WHIP in 13 starts.

Pregame, the Mets will honor their Sterling Award winners, including Stony Brook, Long Island, native Steven Matz as pitcher of the year and Dilson Herrera as position player of the year. Matz took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning Friday in Double-A Binghamton’s Eastern League championship clincher against Richmond.

Adam Rubin

Long Islander Steven Matz will be honored as the organization's pitcher of the year before Monday's game.

Matz, 23, went a combined 10-9 with a 2.24 ERA and had 131 strikeouts and 35 walks between Class A St. Lucie and the B-Mets during the regular season.

Also due to be honored Monday as top performers at their respective minor-league levels:

Las Vegas -- Matt Reynolds, ss

Binghamton -- Kevin Plawecki, c

St. Lucie -- Brandon Nimmo, of

Savannah -- Dario Alvarez, lhp and Akeel Morris, rhp

Kingsport -- Vicente Lupo, of

Brooklyn -- Marcos Molina, rhp

Gulf Coast League -- John Mora, of

Dominican Summer League 1 -- Ali Sanchez, c

Dominican Summer League 2 -- Walter Rasquin, c

Monday’s news reports:

Wilson Ramos delivered a two-run homer against Jonathon Niese to break a scoreless tie in the seventh and the Nationals beat the Mets, 3-0, Sunday. The Mets officially were eliminated from the NL East race.

The Nats have won 14 of their last 15 games at Citi Field and have out-homered the Mets 35-7 in Queens during that span.

Washington has homered in 15 straight games at Citi Field, the longest streak ever by a team at the ballpark, including the Mets. The Atlanta Braves rank second, having homered in 11 straight games at the Queens stadium from April 2012 through May 2013. The Mets’ longest streak is nine straight games with a Citi Field homer, which came June 15-July 9 of this season.

The Mets went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position Sunday and hit .176 (6-for-34) in those situations during the four-game series.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Journal, Record and at MLB.com.

Adam Rubin

Vic Black is headed for an MRI of his right shoulder on Monday.

Vic Black will have an MRI on Monday, two days after his velocity again sagged in a relief appearance and he experienced shoulder weakness. Black was examined Sunday by a doctor at the stadium. He indicated afterward that the belief is the shoulder is just fatigued.

Left-handed reliever Dana Eveland is being sent home to California because he has inflammation in his pitching elbow and will not pitch against this season.

Matt den Dekker had a pinch-hit infield single Sunday in his first plate appearance since being hit on the top of the left hand with a pitch last Tuesday.

Read more on Black in the Post and Record.

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post is not a fan of Jenrry Mejia's “fisherman” save celebration against the Nats. Writes Mushnick:

Terry Collins is trying to convince Jenrry Mejia that his exaggerated, self-absorbed, attention-starved, post-save fool-dancing -- even after nearly blowing a save -- is unprofessional. Let me give it a shot: Jenrry, you look like a fool.

• Joe Lemire in the Journal notes that Zack Wheeler, deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are part of a select group of lefty-hitting right-handed pitchers. That exposes their right arms while standing in the batter’s box. Wheeler and deGrom actually are natural righty hitters.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin recaps the B-Mets’ title.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Satoru Komiyama turns 49.


YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets activate Steven Matz, Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki while they are in town for the Sterling Award presentation?