Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links!
Meet the Mets
Ouch. For the second night in a row, the Mets lost to the Marlins in Miami's final at bat. Jeremy Hefner was fantastic over 8+ innings but the Mets' offense and Anthony Recker's defense in the 9th inning was not. Brandon Lyon threw a wild pitch to end it, and both Terry Collins and Bobby Parnell were pissed off.
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Dillon Gee takes on Wade LeBlanc as the Mets try to salvage the finale in Miami this afternoon. Game time is at 12:40 PM from Marlins Park.
Is Lucas Duda's extreme patience real or is it a mirage? Howard Megdal brings up the tale of "Mini Manny" Victor Diaz.
Zack Wheeler had been struggling with his command and his grip on the baseball but the Mets' top prospect put together what was easily his best start yesterday afternoon for Triple-A Las Vegas. Apparently, Wheeler watched video of himself from last year that revealed a mechanical flaw.
Matt Harvey's April was Seaver-esque, according to Mark Simon. Cool!
Yesterday At AA
Mark Himmelstein makes an appearance and tries to figure out where the Mets should hit Lucas Duda in the lineup.
Al Leiter defeated his 30th different team on a previous April 30th and David Moseder looks back at this date in Mets history.
Here's our Daily Farm Report from Tuesday.
Around the NL East
Tim Hudson had himself a little league game, picking up his 200th career victory and hitting a home run in the Braves' 8-1 win over the Nationals.
Stephen Strasburg's arm is fine, says Nats' GM Mike Rizzo. Strasburg had some forearm tightness on Monday, usually an ominous sign.
Roy Halladay was demolished by the Indians, as the Phillies lost 14-2. Halladay allowed 3 home runs and 8 runs total. But hey, at least Delmon Young is active and he even hit a home run!
Giancarlo Stanton looks likely to miss about a month with a strained right hamstring.
Around the Majors
Mark Teixeira probably won't return to the Yankees until June. Meanwhile, his replacement Kevin Youkilis is on the DL now as well.
The guy from Biogenesis says he knows nothing about performance enhancing drugs and that this is a character assassination. Okay.
MLB is finally getting in on this Youtube fad, as they've beefed up their presence on that new-fangled internet moving picture website.
Citi Field places 8th on the list of Top 10 baseball stadiums for craft beer.
Josh Hamilton has turned himself into a hacker and it's hurting him early this season.