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Pelfrey Applesauce - Franco knows leadership, obnoxious Met fans, Indian-born pitchers

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It's nice when the Mets get great starting pitching. It's just so much more pleasant to watch. And, for those keeping track, that's two in a row that the Mets have won while I'm watching at work. Maybe my luck has changed. 

Meet the Mets

Former Met captain John Franco claims that the Mets have no leadership. David Wright and Jerry Manuel disagree

Wright convinced Manuel to let him in yesterday's lineup.

Ted Berg argues for Matt Murton. I'm convinced.

Mets Geek takes a look at the Met farm system. Congratulations to Josh Thole, DJ Wabick, and Roy Merritt for making the Eastern League All Star team.

For whatever an online poll from Baltimore is worth, we are the most obnoxious fans in baseball. I'm guessing the Metsblog commenters are mainly responsible for this.

Around the NL East

Nats GM Mike Rizzo made room for Nyjer Morgan by sending Elijah Dukes to triple-A Syracuse

FanGraphs says that the Nats just acquired a player who is as good as Adam Dunn.

What to do with Nick Johnson?

Marlin starter Josh Johnson lasted only 3 innings, but Florida was still able to beat Washington 5-3. Hanley Ramirez continued his RBI streak and gave credit where it's due

The Braves rocked Cole Hamels and the Phillies 11-1.

Philadelphia announced that Rodrigo Lopez will start against the Mets on Friday.

Brave starter Tim Hudson threw a 90 pitch bullpen session yesterday and will begin his rehab assignment in Class A on July 19.

Around MLB

Indian reality show winners Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel will make their professional debuts soon in the Pittsburgh system.

Johnny Cueto did his best Mike Pelfrey impersonation as he led the Reds to a 1-0 win over Arizona.

Xavier Nady will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Jerry Manuel doesn't get ejected often enough.

Baseballanalysts.com compiles their all-star team.