Mets Morning News: John Buck baby watch continues

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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

Meet the Mets

The Mets made a few comebacks but ultimately lost 5-4 when Scott Atchison allowed an impressive opposite field walk-off home run to Paul Goldschmidt.

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Zack Wheeler faces off against Twitter favorite Brandon McCarthy this evening as the Mets and Diamondbacks play game two of their series in Arizona.

Travis d'Arnaud was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas for yesterday's game and it sounds like the catcher will make his big league debut once John Buck's wife has that baby. Whenever you're ready, Mrs. Buck! Speaking of d'Arnaud, Toby Hyde passes along a pretty tantalizing scouting report from Baseball Prospectus.

The Mets are taking it slow with David Wright and Terry Collins even broached the possibility that Wright could miss the rest of the season. Let's hope that's not the case.

Jeurys Familia is progressing in his rehab in Port St. Lucie, while Frank Francisco is...not. What a chicken.

There's a great Q&A over at Fangraphs with Ian Levin, the Mets' manager of baseball analytics.

Mark Simon writes that the Mets' outfield is now statistically respectable. But wait, I thought it was definitely going to be the worst outfield in the history of baseball.

Howard Megdal writes about poor Lucas Duda, who despite showing an above average bat has been once again relegated to Triple-A.

Yesterday At AA

Matthew Callan has a great piece on the 1993 Mets.

Aaron Yorke has our Mets vs. Diamondbacks series preview.

Joe Sokolowski reviewed the week in Mets quotes.

Chris McShane tracked Matt Harvey's 23rd start.

Greg Karam has our Daily Farm Report from Friday.

Around the NL East

The Nationals beat up on the Phillies 9-2 last night. Before the game, the Phillies designated Delmon Young for assignment. The Nats, meanwhile, are already looking at 2014 replacements for outgoing manager Davey Johnson.

With their 5-0 victory over Miami last night, the Braves extended their winning streak to 14 games.

Around the Majors

Alex Rodriguez's Yankee Stadium debut went poorly, as the slugger went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Mariano Rivera also blew a save, allowing a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera before the Yankees eventually won it. Unrelated to the game, Mark Cuban ripped Bud Selig regarding A-Rod's suspension and how Selig runs the league.

On his new radio show, former big leaguer Jack Clark claimed, among other things, that he knew for a fact that Albert Pujols used performance enhancing drugs. Pujols reacted quickly saying he'd take legal action against Clark. Then this morning, Clark was fired.

The Rangers have acquired Alex Rios from the White Sox in exchange for a PTBNL or cash. The player is rumored to be infielder Leury Garcia.

Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion spoke about the performance enhancing drug situation in the Dominican.

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