Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
The Mets lost to the Braves in Atlanta last night, as Zack Wheeler gave up four runs in five innings. The bullpen was solid in three innings of work, but the team's rally in the ninth inning came up just short.
Choose your recap: Amazin' Avenue short, long, Times, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Journal, ESPN New York.
Juan Lagares made an outstanding catch on a ball hit by Freddie Freeman, who Mark Simon of ESPN says has a little bit of Chipper Jones in him.
Ike Davis will start at first base tonight for the Mets, perhaps ending the Lucas Duda Experiment.
Jared Diamond breaks down the Mets' incredibly difficult first-month schedule. If they get out of the month at .500, it would be a noteworthy accomplishment.
John Lannan signed a waiver that pre-authorized the Mets' ability to send him to the minors.
You might have seen this already, but this Gary Cohen audio clip randomizer is great.
Around the NL East
Unfortunately, the Nationals won. Fortunately, they beat the Marlins!
And the Phillies lost, too.
Ted Berg breaks down what Derek Jeter's defense might cost the Yankees if they play him at shortstop full time this year.
Craig Calcaterra says we don't have to celebrate Barry Bonds but should not be erasing baseball history.
Dr. James Andrews spoke about the rise of Tommy John surgery this year.
Yesterday at AA
We took an early look at Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth in terms of velocity.
Participate in our community projection on Dillon Gee.