Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Outside of the first inning, the Mets' offense failed them again and Jeremy Hefner allowed 6 runs as the Mets fell to the Cardinals by a score of 9-2.
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Dillon Gee looks to continue his season turnaround against the Cardinals this evening at 7:10 PM. He'll face off against impressive righty Shelby Miller.
Terry Collins says that the Mets' current struggles have been the biggest challenge in his tenure with the club.
Ike Davis shuffled off to Vegas on Tuesday and he spent time working on his swing.
David Wright was chosen as the captain of the National League squad for the Home Run Derby. Robinson Cano is the captain of the AL team.
Ruben Tejada, on the DL since the Yankees' series with a quad injury, resumed running yesterday.
Toby Hyde has a nice interview with Brandon Nimmo, in which he talks about his hand injury and rediscovering his rhythm after returning from said injury.
In case you didn't realize it, Carlos Beltran is still really good at hitting baseballs despite being 36 years old.
Yesterday At AA
Meter Avenue looks at the position players over the past week. WARNING: there is a lot of red.
Alex Nelson has a scouting report on 10th round pick Luis Guillorme, a slick-fielding high school shortstop who signed with the Mets for a slightly overslot $200,000 bonus.
David Moseder looks back at June 11th in Mets history.
Greg Karam has yesterday's Daily Farm Report.
Around the NL East
Giancarlo Stanton homered in his return from injury, as the Marlins beat the Brewers 5-4.
The disappointing Nationals lost to the Rockies 8-3. Bryce Harper didn't have surgery on his knee but he did have a big brace on it.
The Twins beat the Phillies 3-2 as Cole Hamels threw up another no-decision. Just doesn't have TWTW, obviously.
The Braves fell to the Padres 3-2 in San Diego.
Around the Majors
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks brawled last night after Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch. Miguel Montero got hit next, then Zack Greinke got hit and the real fireworks started.
The Mariners promoted top catching prospect Mike Zunino.
Cubs' player Ian Stewart took out his frustrations on Twitter on Monday. Grant Brisbee defends him.
In the category of awesome things that are also great for search engine optimization, Notgraphs presents an animated GIF of Gerrit Cole throwing a 99 MPH GIF of Yasiel Puig's grand slam.