Mets Morning News: Harvey faces Strasburg, Marcum throws 4 no-hit innings, and d'Arnaud is injured

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New York Mets related news and links for April 19, 2013

The Mets lost again yesterday, and in doing so were swept for the first time in 2013. Jon Niese pitched well enough to assure the Mets were in the game when he handed things over to the bullpen, but eight runs allowed in two innings assured that the Mets would be 11-3 losers. The full box score can be found here, and highlights of the painful 6-run 7th inning can be found here.

There was more bad news from the other side of the country yesterday, as Travis d'Arnaud has fractured a bone in his foot. There is no timetable yet for d"Arnaud's return, but most expect him to be out for at least a month. He'll see a doctor in New York today to further evaluate the injury.

The team had some good news on the injury front yesterday, as Shaun Marcum pitched pretty well for 4-innings in an extended spring training game. The sooner he is healthy enough to take Aaron Laffey's spot in the rotation, the better.

Just in case any of you didn't know what you wanted to watch on the television this evening, Matt Harvey will be facing off against Stephen Strasburg. Who needs bullpens? Happy Harvey Day everyone.

Yesterday at AA

Jeff borrowed an idea from Minor League Ball, and we've now got our own version of the prospect smackdown. Yesterday we had Logan Verrett vs Tyler Pill.

This Date in Mets History brought us one of the many 1-hit games in the history of Mets pitching, along with the 3,000th strikeout of Tom Seaver's career.

James had the first This Week in SNY of the 2013 season. Hooray!

Around Baseball

The Braves got back to winning ways, beating the Pirates with the help of four home runs. Both of the game's starting pitchers came through the Braves system, and neither was very good yesterday.

The Phillies aren't as good a team as the Braves, and didn't get the same sort of result yesterday either. They lost 4-3 to the Cardinals, keeping them two games behind the Mets. #BlameBeltran

An 11-1 loss for the Marlins seems about right, doesn't it? Outside The Lines ran a feature on Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins yesterday, highlighting just how bad the situation in South Florida has become.

We all knew the Mike Pelfrey wasn't a great starter, but he's been taking his sweet time between ineffective pitches so far with the season. Sad as it is to say, he might be less watchable than Aaron Laffey at this point in his career.

The Buffalo Bisons seem to be doing OK without the Mets. They scored 27 runs last night in a rout of the Syracuse Chiefs. 27!

Yasiel Puig has been tearing up Double-A this season, and some fans and writers are calling for him to be promoted. There lies the problem, as the Dodgers outfield doesn't have a whole lot of holes at the moment.

Finally for today, Derek Jeter has suffered a setback and won't be returning anytime soon. That's a lot of money on the DL at the moment.

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