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Mets Morning News: Mets win on Baxter walk-off, Frank Francisco nearing return

New York Mets related news and links for May 10, 2013


For the second time in a week, the Mets managed to get a win after a Mike Baxter walk-off base hit. Dillon Gee pitched five strong innings, and Brandon Lyon and Scott Rice were excellent in relief of him. Ike Davis also had a big run-scoring double later on, and Juan Lagares made a fantastic catch in the top of the 9th inning. Tonight's Pirates/Mets game will feature Shaun Marcum and Wandy Rodriguez. The full box score can be found here.

Frank Francisco continues to look good in rehab appearances, and might soon be ready to rejoin the Mets. Terry Collins didn't say one way or the other if he'd be restored as the closer, and Bobby Parnell doesn't seem to know either.

Do you think it's too early to start talking about next year's free agent class and upgrading the Mets outfield? The New York Daily News doesn't, and wrote about potential interest in Shin-Soo Choo.

Jay Horwitz is a pretty hilarious guy to follow on Twitter, but WFAN took him a little bit too seriously the other day.

Zack Wheeler has now had a few solid starts in a row, so naturally the pressure on the Mets to bring him up is starting to intensify. As much as I'd love to see less Jeremy Hefner in the Mets rotation, I'm not sure that I'd bring Wheeler up before he's made a few more solid triple-A starts.

Yesterday at AA

There has been talk for years now about whether or not the National League should consider adopting the DH rule, and yesterday we had arguments both for and against the potential move.

May 9 wasn't a big day in Mets history, but there were a few interesting things that happened.

Around Baseball

The Braves continued to build on their good start to the 2013 season, beating the Giants 6-3. That game saw Brian McCann hit his first home run of the season.

The Phillies aren't as good as the Braves, and lost a little more ground to the division leaders last night. It makes me smile any time that I see the recap at The Good Phight include the following sentence:

Cole Hamels sucked.

The Marlins had the night off as they get ready to face the Dodgers in LA, but the Nationals were in action on Thursday. The Nats managed to sweep their 2-game set against the Tigers though, keeping themselves in touch with the Braves.

Grant Brisbee came across some old, lost scouting reports from some major league players. If you haven't read them yet, they are absolutely must-read material. FanGraphs had some slightly more serious old scouting reports, looking at Roy Halladay and Todd Helton.

The Yankees acquired Alberto Gonzalez from the Cubs yesterday for cash considerations or a player to be named later.