Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links
Meet the Mets
The Mets defeated the Giants 10-6, on the strength of Marlon Byrd's game-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning.
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Zack Wheeler goes to the hill this afternoon at 3:45, facing off against his former organization for the first time. Matt Cain will oppose him on the mound for the Giants.
Shaun Marcum is going to miss the rest of the season thanks to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He'll have surgery and his Mets tenure is most likely finished. The Mets also announced that they released reliever Brandon Lyon.
There's a chance that the Mets may skip Matt Harvey's start on Saturday, as his blister and Tuesday's All-Star game may be reasons to allow Harvey to sit.
This team may not be all that great at baseball but they are excellent at photobombing.
There was an article a few months back lamenting the lack of "Moneyball" pickups by Sandy Alderson's regime but Paul Festa writes that there are plenty of those guys now.
Mets' first round pick Dominic Smith is adjusting to his new life as a professional baseball player.
David Schoenfield looks at the Mets' greatest deadline deal, their acquisition of Keith Hernandez in 1983. Hopefully someday we'll be talking about the Zack Wheeler trade in a similar light.
Howard Megdal writes about Carlos Torres, wondering whether his excellent performance out of the Mets' pen so far is for real.
Yesterday At AA
Matthew Callan wrote up Lucas Duda's trade profile.
Our Mets GIF of the game is Hunter Pence falling down while swinging. Ugh, so awkward.
Greg Karam had Tuesday's Daily Farm Report.
David Moseder looks back at July 9 in Mets history.
Around the NL East
The Phillies defeated the Nationals 4-2, their third straight victory. Hopefully this makes Ruben Amaro want to BUY! BUY! BUY! some middle relievers.
The Braves beat the Marlins 6-4 on the strength of Justin Upton's home run.
Around the Majors
Rumor has it that MLB is readying to suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and 20 other players in connection to the Biogenesis hoopla. That could potentially be bad news for Mets' breakout outfield prospect Cesar Puello.
Remember Brian Wilson? You know, the closer guy with the stupid beard, not the Beach Boys singer. He could be ready to audition for teams on August 1st.
Yasmani Grandal of the Padres could be out 9-12 months after his injured ACL is repaired.
Giancarlo Stanton is also posing nude for ESPN's Bodies edition.
Teams will likely be interested in Jonathan Papelbon at the trade deadline later this month but buyers should beware of his velocity, which is dropping like a rock.
Grant Brisbee writes about picking and choosing the "legitimate" home run record.
Jeff Francoeur is a member of the Giants. Welp.
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