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Your Wednesday morning roundup of New York Mets news from all around the web!
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Can we just give the Cy Young award to R.A. Dickey right now? The Mets fell to the Marlins 4-3 in extra innings, a game in which R.A. gave up three runs over six innings and the Met offense was as anemic as usual, up until the point when Heath Bell Heath Bell'd all over the game. For Dickey, it was a solid, though unspectacular outing that ended in a no-decision and a quality start. But what is most important is the word that Dickey pitched from April 13th through the rest of the season with a partially torn abdominal muscle that will require surgery on October 18th. For real. So, just to recap, from April 13th (when R.A. hurt the muscle on a cold day in Philadelphia) through the end of the year, our favorite knuckleballer threw 220.2 innings with a 2.78 ERA, 220 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 31 starts. He threw 5 complete games over that span, not to mention that his incredible stretch in May and June happened post-injury. There shouldn't be any question in regards to who the NL Cy Young is at this point. Give the man his award. The end.
Adam Rubin has some inside info on some of the Mets' plans for this offseason. Apparently, the Mets are optimistic about re-signing David Wright and they want to make him their long term "club ambassador", a role that Tom Seaver has long occupied. Meanwhile, it looks like Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Mike Pelfrey and Andres Torres will all be let go at season's end.
Toby Hyde is doing a postseason Top 41 prospects review and today, he started with #21-25. Meanwhile, John Sickels reviewed Jeurys Familia's first big league start.
The auction items for the Shannon Forde fundraiser have been unveiled and it looks like there will be lots of cool baseball related goodies.
NO POLITICS but the Mets have had an interesting trend of success and failure throughout the years based on the party of the President in office. Coincidence or extreme coincidence? You decide. BUT SERIOUSLY NO POLITICS!
Yesterday At AA
Here's Tuesday evening's Storystream from the Mets' 4-3 extra inning defeat.
Around the NL East
Around the Majors
MLB has come to an agreement with Fox and TBS on a new 8 year tv deal, which will forward lots of cash to teams. The new deal also lifts Saturday blackout restrictions for MLB.tv and Extra Innings customers.
The Orioles shut out James Shields and the Rays 1-0, while the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-3 in extra innings and they stay a game ahead of the O's.
We all saw it last night but Adam Greenberg got his at bat and struck out on 3 R.A. Dickey pitches.