Thursday Morning Applesauce: Dickey Throws A Clunker, Can't Get The Philly Out Of Nails

April 18, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) drives in a run in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Four series are now in the books, and the Mets have won two and lost two. They dropped the rubber game yesterday to the Braves in ugly fashion as none of our pitchers were particularly effective in the 14-6 loss. The poor outing from R.A. Dickey ended his personal streak of 14 consecutive quality starts. It wasn't all bad for the Metsies though. David Wright tied Darryl Strawberry for the Mets all time lead in RBIs. I'm sure it's not the last Mets record Wright will set, so just lock the man up already. For those of you who are interested, the box score for the game can be found here.

The other half of the former homegrown dynamic duo is set to make his return to Flushing next week. According to reports, the Mets are planning a video tribute to Jose Reyes as he returns to Queens. I'm really not sure how I feel about that happening this soon, but there are certainly some in the media who don't agree with the decision.

Former Phillie (and Met) Lenny Dykstra is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. He had pleaded no contest previously to charges of lewd conduct, and yesterday was sentenced to 270 additional days in prison for the act. Dykstra is turning into an extremely sad story and it looks like it's only going to get worse in the near future.

The draft order has been known for a while, but MLB officially announced it recently. We know the Mets are picking 12th, but here's a quick look at some other players who've gone in that slot before.

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The Phillies lost a rough one yesterday. Cliff Lee was absolutely phenomenal for 10 innings, but the anemic Philly offense couldn't do anything against Matt Cain as the Phillies remain at the bottom of the division. I'll repeat that: the Phillies remain at the bottom of the division.

We've been mentioning Philly a lot today, so here we go again. The guys over at The Good Phight took a look at where Pat Burrell ranks among every top overall pick in the rule V draft by WAR.

Joining Burrell in the ranks of the officially retired is many time rumored Met target Ivan Rodriguez. Somewhere in San Diego, Omar Minaya is weeping.

Elsewhere in southern California, Erick Aybar has committed to the Angels until 2016. While I'm sure Halos fans are happy to have it done, Dave Cameron thinks it may be a bit of an overpay.

Finally for today, Fangraphs took a look at the recent struggles of Tim Lincecum. I have to agree, I don't think it's anything to be too concerned over yet.

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