New York Mets Morning News: Mets Drop Finale, B-Mets Extend

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30: Relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez #52 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Winning has been fun, but the Mets got back into the loss column yesterday as they finished their series with Jimmy Rollins and the hustle-free Phillies. Jon Niese allowed 10 baserunners in his six innings of work, but he managed to limit the Phillies to only 3 runs. It's definitely nice to see Niese pitching well as the season winds down, that extension he signed is looking like one of the best moves the Mets have made since they locked down 1/2 of their infield so many seasons ago. The box from this one can be found here, the recap here.

While the starting pitching this season has been generaly fantastic, there are serious questions about the Mets bullpen. One of the bright spots had been rookie Josh Edgin, but there are growing concerns about the amount of work he's being asked to do. I'd have to think cutting down his workload would be a good thing, as the Mets will certainly need him next season.

There are no such concerns about Kelly Shoppach, and the player seems to be making a good impression with the team and coaching staff thus far. Hopefully we keep him around next year, he seems to be a decent enough fit.

There was some fantastic news out of Binghamton today, as the Mets announced they'd be remaining in Binghamton for the next four seasons. With a move out of Buffalo seeming definite, it's nice to keep one of the upper level clubs close to home.

Gavin Cecchini sat down with Metsblog to discuss his first season. Hopefully Cecchini plays well during the final week in Brooklyn, and he'll be on that I'm sure Cyclones fans will be excited to see.

Around Baseball:

It was a relatively quiet day for the rest of the division. There was a game involving the Nats though, and they won in a laugher.

The Angels managed another sweep of the Red Sox yesterday. This season doesn't look like it's going to end well for Bobby Valentine. Oh well, now I won't have to feign interest in the American League anymore.

The Marlins seemingly want to move one of their prized assets before the end of today. Carlos Lee is available, get your top prospects ready!

Beyond the Boxscore had a great piece up about Adrian Beltre and defense.

Finally for today, Fangraphs took a look at some of the best September call-ups in history. It's that time, we'll start to see teams expanding their rosters as soon as tomorrow. There should be a few fun ones for the Mets, so September will still be fun to watch.

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