Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Jeremy Hefner threw a great game for the Mets but they lost 3-2 to the Nationals after Bobby Parnell came on for the save and was totally ineffective. The offense managed just a pair of runs against Jordan Zimmermann, allowing very little room for error.
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Dillon Gee looks to build on his 12-strikeout performance against the Yankees, as he takes on Dan Haren and the Nationals tonight in game two. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.
David Wright is struggling because he's trying to do to much to spark the offense.
Jeurys Familia is headed to the DL, as he's going to go under the knife for arthroscopic surgery on his elbow.
The promotion of top prospect Zack Wheeler seems to be imminent but Terry Collins would like to remind you that Wheeler won't be a savior. Unless of course he can play first base on his off days, then all bets are off.
With the announcement of upcoming Biogenesis related suspensions, Mets' outfield prospect Cesar Puello may be among those sent on a league mandated vacation. Unfortunate news, considering Puello is in the midst of a huge breakout with Double-A Binghamton.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been on fire for the Las Vegas 51's and may be playing himself back into consideration for a big league promotion.
Former Mets' pitcher Al Leiter has interest in the New Jersey senate seat left vacant after the passing of Frank Lautenberg. But NO POLITIX!
Yesterday At AA
Chris McShane has some more Meter Avenue, looking at the woeful performance of Mets position players.
We put out four MLB Draft previews in advance of the big day on Thursday. You can read about potential first-rounders Austin Wilson, D.J. Peterson, Reese McGuire, and Aaron Judge.
David Moseder looks back at June 4 in Mets history!
Around the NL East
Prior to last night's game, the Nats shook things up with their roster: they activated Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, and Ian Krol, while dumping Henry Rodriguez, Zach Duke, and Danny Espinosa.
John Mayberry's walk-off grand slam wiped out a bad call by Bob Davidson, as the Phillies beat the Marlins 7-3. At the Good Phight, Joecatz thanks Ruben Amaro for not giving up on Domonic Brown.
There was another walk-off last night in the NL East, as Andrelton Simmons won it for the Braves in the 10th inning versus the Pirates. In case you didn't realize, the Braves are a true three outcome team.
Around the Majors
ESPN broke some big news yesterday: Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are among a group of 20 players who are going to be suspended for their involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. Matthew Pouliot took a look at some of the players who may find themselves suspended.
The first round of All-Star voting results have been released and David Wright finds himself behind Pablo Sandoval. Oh, COME ON!
Grant Brisbee asks whether teams getting better at drafting?
At Beyond the Box Score, Stephen Loftus looks at the variability of on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Chris Davis hits lots of dingers. Here are five of his most effortless swings.
Russell Martin started in right field for the Pirates for some reason.