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The Mets completed an amazing comeback against the Houston Astros yesterday, erasing a 5-0 deficit and turning it into a 7-5 win. Despite a shaky start from Dillon Gee, the offense kicked it into high gear and a two-out, two-run triple from Matt den Dekker...wait a minute. Houston Astros? Matt den Dekker? Aww man, it's still spring training, isn't it? Oh well, it was still fun I guess. Real baseball needs to start soon though.
As mentioned, and as has been the case often this spring, Gee was quite shaky in four innings of work, but he thinks he found something in that last inning. The Mets will need Gee to continue to build on his 2012 success, especially if Shaun Marcum's shoulder impingement turns out to be more than just a day-to-day thing.
There is some good news though. Terry Collins expects that David Wright will be ready for Opening Day. He's not as optimistic on Daniel Murphy, so we haven't quite dodged Justin Turner yet.
On the minor-league side of things, the B-Mets dropped a slugfest to the Jacksonville Suns. Aderlin Rodriguez powered the B-Mets offense while Logan Verrett struggled on the mound. And over at Mets Minor League Blog, Toby Hyde kicks off his somewhat tardy Top 41 list with a trio of Brooklyn arms. I suppose this is the point where I would normally kvetch about Gabriel Ynoa being too low, as is my wont, but Toby makes some good points about getting carried away ranking short-season guys too highly.
Mark Simon breaks down Ike Davis' issues with lefties over at ESPN. It's the same thorough work we've all come to expect from Mr. Simon.
Beyond the Box Score's bold prediction for the Mets 2013 season is quite bold.
Truth be told, sometimes I do wonder how Jay Horwitz still has a job.
I also find myself nodding in agreement with Productive Outs' Ian Miller. (warning: link has some NSFW text)
Yesterday at AA
Steve Sypa revisited the R.A. Dickey trade and considered if the Mets might be better off with Anthony Gose instead of Noah Syndergaard.
And Michael Donato discussed the high expectations for Matt Harvey going into the 2013 season.
Although it may feel like it, the Mets aren't the only team dealing with injuries. The Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox, and Angels all may head into Opening Day without a key cog in their baseball machines.
If you are on Twitter, you've likely already been told to read this excellent piece on Joey Votto by our own Eno Sarris multiple times. But seriously, if you haven't yet read it, go now.
Jorge Arangure is one of the more underrated baseball writers out there, and he delivers again with an exclusive for Sports on Earth on the shady dealings between MLB and Mexican baseball.
And we'll wrap the Morning News up today with one last post-mortem on the World Baseball Classic from our friends over at the Classical.