Mets Morning News: Bobby Abreu played in the outfield, Dice-K got his first major league save

Al Bello

Your Friday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets beat the Cardinals yesterday and took three of four games from the defending National League champions in their series. Daisuke Matsuzaka got his first major league save, believe it or not. Mark Simon's series review over at ESPN New York is always worth a read. That leaves the Mets two games over .500 with a chance to go three games over for the first time in more than a year when they take on the Marlins tonight at Citi Field.

Choose your recap: Amazin' Avenue shortlongNew York TimesNew York PostNew York Daily NewsStar-LedgerMLB.comNewsdayESPN New York.

Dave Hudgens thinks Curtis Granderson will shake his early slump off. Let's hope Granderson has a moment with Hudgens like he did with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long a few years ago. Of course, Fangraphs says Granderson is a hitter worth worrying about.

Mike Vorkunov has a good piece in the Star-Ledger on Bobby Abreu's year off from and return to Major League Baseball. He might not hold up as an outfielder, but perhaps he'll prove himself a capable pinch and designated hitter.

Also in the Star-Ledger, Matt Harvey's still hoping for a return this year, despite evidence that suggests that would be a bad idea.

Around the NL East

The Phillies beat the Dodgers out in Los Angeles, taking three of four from them in the series. But in the only other National League East game last night, the Nationals were beaten by the Padres in extra innings.

Justin Upton is striking out a bunch, and Talking Chop sounds a little concerned about it. Still, thanks again to Kevin Towers for trading him to one of the Mets' division rivals for a very low return.

Marlins closer Steve Cishek is working on a long string of consecutive saves, already the longest in Marlins history. Fish Stripes finds comfort in seeing him at the back end of an otherwise shaky bullpen.

Around Major League Baseball

The Michael Pineda pine tar incident was a big story this week. Yesterday, the pitcher was suspended ten games for using the substance earlier in the week against the Red Sox. Ted Berg doesn't see the big deal but agrees with Pineda's suspension. Over the Monster says the incident just highlights a flaw in baseball's rules.

Beyond the Box Score writes about the importance of statistics in baseball. Go watch a game, nerds!

Former Mets relief pitcher Darren Oliver has joined the Texas Rangers' front office.

The Times published an interactive map of baseball fans based on Facebook data. This just in: LOLMets!

Yesterday at AA

Matthew Callan wrote about the oddities of baseball, specifically as they relate to Pineda's pine tar.

This date in Mets history

Two years ago today, David Wright became the Mets' all-time leader in runs batted in. And back in 1967, Tom Seaver earned his second major league win.

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