Mets Morning News: Braves beat Mets, d'Arnaud cleared to play, steroids are bad

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New York Mets related news and links for July 23, 2013

The Mets couldn't carry their Harvey-Day hitting into the series opener against Atlanta, falling to the division leaders by a 2-1 score. No Mets were suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season though, so there's that. The box score can be found here.

Noah Syndergaard has been looking like a brilliant pickup by the front office, but the other major piece of the R.A. Dickey TRAID, Travis d'Arnaud, was cleared to resume playing baseball yesterday. It still looks as if it will be September before we see him in Flushing, but it's progress.

Forget d'Arnaud for a minute, the big news of the day was clearly the return of Justin Turner to the big league club. Walkoff celebration fans rejoice, the pie master has returned!

Howard Megdal looked at Juan Lagares, (sort of) comparing him to former Met Carlos Gomez.

FanGraphs took an excellent look back at the wonderful career of Carlos Delgado.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron previewed our series with the Braves, though the opener didn't go as well as many would have hoped. We also had a Q&A with our SB Nation Braves blog.

Do you miss the days when a baseball brawl really was a throwdown? This date in Mets history featured one of those.

Eric Young Jr. probably isn't a long term answer in the Mets outfield, but as a temporary fix, he's not awful.

We took a closer look at Noah Syndergaard's minor league start, comparing him to Matt Harvery and Zack Wheeler.

Around Baseball

The big story around baseball was obviously the suspension of Ryan Braun for the remainder of the 2013 season. If the telecast during last night's Rangers/Yankees game was anything to go by, the reaction to this by the media is just going to be facepalm worthy for the better part of the next two weeks. Yay...

Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of home runs in the Pirates' 6-5 victory over the Nationals.

The Marlins managed a win over the Rockies last night to cut their deficit on the Mets to a mere eight games.

The other big news happening in the baseball world yesterday involved the trade of starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. Remember when the Rangers were supposedly hesitant to give up Mike Olt for Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey? I'm glad they were.

The Garza trade drew a very mixed reaction from Rangers fans, while it seemed to get a much more favorable reaction from the fans over at Bleed Cubbie Blue. Cubs fans didn't have too long to react to the Garza move before moving onto a potential deal for Alfonso Soriano.

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