Meet the Mets
Zack Wheeler threw 6.2 strong innings and Marlon Byrd launched his career best 21st home run as the Mets beat the Braves 5-3. Travis d'Arnaud collected his first big league hit, a double in the 8th inning.
The Mets got some bad news on the injury front as both Jenrry Mejia and Jeremy Hefner will likely have to have surgery. Mejia should be ready before 2014 spring training begins after having a bone spur removed from his elbow but Hefner is likely to miss all of 2014 if he has Tommy John surgery. Meanwhile, David Wright is itching to get off the DL soon.
Dave Schoenfield at ESPN's Sweetspot site writes that the Mets are the team of the future in New York. But could the 2014 Mets be next year's Pirates? This Mets team has some interesting similarities to the 2012 edition of the Pirates.
Speaking of a part of that future, Lynn Worthy has a fantastic piece on Noah Syndergaard, his personality, and his pitching. Also within are the nicknames he has for his gloves: Lion, Heisenberg, Rick Grimes, and Drago. Cool to hear that Noah's adopted Thor as his own nickname.
The Mets got relatively good news on pitching prospect Michael Fulmer, who left his last start with right biceps tendinitis. It's been sort of a lost year for Fulmer but all things considered, this isn't too bad.
Yesterday At AA
Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets' series with the Braves.
Chris Meehan writes that the Mets fell to 14th in the Uni-Watch rankings.
Greg Karam has Tuesday's Daily Farm Report.
Around the NL East
Around the Majors
Ryan Dempster was suspended for hitting Alex Rodriguez on Sunday night. Justice, right? But hang on a second – Dempster only got suspended for 5 games, which means with off days, he won't even miss a start. Well, at least he won't get paid. Oh, right – Dempster gets his whole salary outside of a small fine. So, this is pretty much a 5 day vacation for Dempster courtesy of Major League Baseball for throwing at A-Rod four times in an at bat and eventually hitting him without getting ejected. Oh, and Joe Girardi got fined too for some reason. What an absolute joke.
A-Rod's cousin Yuri Sucart has filed an appeal challenging the Biogenesis lawsuit.
Yasiel Puig was fined and benched by Don Mattingly for showing up late to the Dodgers' game at Marlins Park yesterday and then hit a home run on the first pitch of his pinch hitting appearance during the game.
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