Mets Morning News: It's a beautiful day for a ballgame...let's play one!

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets and Braves were rained out yesterday, pushing Jon Niese back to today's start where he'll face off against Tim Hudson. Game time is at 1:35 PM.

David Wright prevailed against Braves' closer Craig Kimbrel on Friday by hitting a home run – with his eyes closed.

Mike Kerwick writes that the Mets only seem to be winning games when they plate five or more runs.

The closer job is Bobby Parnell's and nobody else's, according to Bobby Parnell.

Ruben Tejada has excelled with two strikes throughout his young career. Probably helps that his swinging strike rate this year is top 10 in the majors at just 3.9%.

Yesterday At AA

Daniel Convery has Saturday's Daily Farm Report.

Brock Mahan looks back at May 4 in Mets History.

Around the NL East

In Pittsburgh, the Nationals took a late lead and then held on to beat the Pirates 5-4.

Jose Fernandez was masterful in shutting down the Phillies and Marcell Ozuna hit his first big league home run as the Marlins beat Philadelphia 2-0.

Around the Majors

Things aren't going well for R.A. Dickey up in Toronto, as he surrendered 7 runs over 6 innings to the Mariners in yesterday's Jays loss and then called his team "dysfunctional" on the field afterwards. Maybe this is all part of Dickey and Sandy Alderson's master plan where the Mets reacquire Dickey for nothing after a year. I'll be over here dreaming.

Zack Greinke is ahead of schedule in his return from a broken collarbone.

Former Mets farmhand Scott Kazmir won his first game since 2010.

Is the passive approach at the plate that's making its way around the league really hurting scoring as some critics have contended?

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