Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Matt Harvey gave up two early runs and then shut down the Cubs over the next 6.1 innings, as the Mets beat the Cubs yesterday 3-2. Harvey helped himself out as he broke a 2-2 tie with a run scoring single. For good measure, David Wright and Daniel Murphy hit home runs. Marlon Byrd also made an impressive throw to cut down Darwin Barney at the plate in the 8th inning, keeping the Mets' lead intact.
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Game two against the Cubs takes place this afternoon at 1:05 PM, as Jeremy Hefner matches up against former Rangers righty Scott Feldman.
Adam Rubin reports that the Ike Davis to Las Vegas talk is starting to grow louder in the Mets' organization and there's a chance it may happen as soon as the end of this series in Chicago.
In top prospect injury news, Zack Wheeler was placed on the 7-day DL. But don't fear – the move was backdated to his last start and he's scheduled to pitch for Vegas on Wednesday. He even resumed throwing yesterday. Travis d'Arnaud, meanwhile, will be in a boot for two more weeks without any weight-bearing activity in his return from a foot injury.
Matt Harvey took a page out of the Tom Seaver book, says Greg Prince at Faith and Fear in Flushing.
Yesterday At AA
The newest episode of Amazin' Avenue Audio is out, so go ahead and listen to it now.
Matthew Callan writes that Jordany Valdespin must be worse than everybody, ever.
Greg Karam has yesterday's Daily Farm Report, in which Noah Syndergaard and Rainy Lara strike out everybody (well, almost everybody).
Brock Mahan looks back at Steve Trachsel and Mike Pelfrey starts from previous May 17s in Mets History.
Around the NL East
Paul Goldschmidt dominated Kevin Slowey and the Marlins, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Fish 9-2. Miami also designated former Mets reliever Jon Rauch for assignment.
After blowing a lead in the 9th inning, Chad Tracy hit a home run to put the Nationals ahead of the Padres for good by a score of 6-5.
Justin Upton hit a grand slam and Jason Heyward made his return from the DL, as the Braves beat the Dodgers 8-5 last night.
Finally, the Phillies beat the Reds 5-3.
Around the Majors
Oh, Astros. Houston lost to the Pirates last night in ugly fashion (the animated GIF inside explains it all).
Jose Reyes could be back for the Blue Jays by late June if all goes well.
At Bucs Dugout, Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle discussed how the team uses pitcher/batter matchups and other stats in their daily preparation. It's cool to see that Hurdle is open-minded to the numbers.
A pair of Orioles minor leaguers are learning the knuckleball at Double-A.
Ken Woolums of Beyond The Box Score begins to look into where the next MLB city could be if a team has to move in the future.