Mets Morning News: Offense Disappears, While Dickey Serves Up Go-Ahead Home Run, World Turns

Ouch.

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The Mets fell to the Nationals 5-3 on Tuesday evening, as R.A. Dickey failed to win his 19th game of the season. As has been typical of the second half of 2012 Mets, the offense provided very little help in trying to secure a victory against Jordan Zimmermann. They did, however, squeeze out a pair of runs to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, Dickey served up a pinch-hit home run to Tyler Moore in the 7th inning and that was enough to sink them. Bryce Harper, previously 0-10 against Dickey, went 4-4 this evening. Scott Hairston added a 9th inning home run because Scott Hairston is a kind, giving and awesome home run-hitting guy.

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The Mets try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Nats, as they'll send Matt Harvey to the hill to face off against John Lannan. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

It looks like Jenrry Mejia will make a start this weekend in Milwaukee, while Jeurys Familia should get a start at some point in the next few weeks. The rotation is a bit muddled at the moment.

News came out yesterday that Oklahoma City & the Astros, Nashville & the Brewers, and Memphis & the Cardinals re-upped on their player development contracts. Assuming the Padres re-sign in Tucson, this makes it more and more likely that the Mets' AAA team will be located in Las Vegas the next two seasons. Meanwhile, Toby Hyde took another look at Buffalo Bisons' attendance figures. Well, they are the Mets' AAA affiliate for like three more days.

The Mets teamed up with Tuesday's Children yesterday, the 11th anniversary of the September 11th tragedies.

Yesterday At AA

Should R.A. Dickey win the Cy Young Award? Take part in the poll and cast your vote (but make sure that it's a "yes" vote).

Mike Piazza is awesome and his go-ahead home run on September 21, 2001 never gets old.

Eno gives us a little info on "Knuckleball: The Movie", which is scheduled for a September 18th release. LOVE RA DICKEY!

Around the NL East

The Braves were shut out 5-0 by the suddenly streaking Brewers yesterday. Meanwhile, the Phillies defeated the Marlins 9-7 to continue their run to .500.

Around the Majors

The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 4-3 in walkoff fashion, sending the Yankees into another first place with the Orioles.

Great news, as Brandon McCarthy has been discharged from the hospital and was busy tweeting. Glad to hear that he's doing better.

Dave Cameron took a look at 2012 payroll figures compared to wins. Unsurprisingly, there is not much correlation between the two. Good players win games -- not high payrolls. The 2002, 2003, 2007-11 Mets could probably explain that one to you.

Brandon Phillips and Jared Hughes worked out their issues. In case you missed it, apparently Pirates' pitcher Hughes said something that came across as racist to Phillips during a dustup in the game.

The Orioles lost Jason Hammel to a knee injury during his Tuesday evening start. Meanwhile, the O's designated veteran reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment. Would love to have that guy back in the division at some point (not on the Mets).

Apparently, former Met John Olerud may hate trees. Of course, I'm going to assume he still loves doubles and hits, so everything is cool.

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