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Mets Morning News: Mets lose again, sign David Aardsma

New York Mets related news and links for May 21, 2013

Otto Greule Jr

The Mets continued their recent run of not-quite-good-enough play yesterday, coming up on the short end of a 4-3 game with the Reds. Shaun Marcum pitched okay, but some bad luck and poor defensive positioning in the first inning left him with a record of 0-5 on the season. The full box score can be found here.

The Mets added another interesting arm to their bullpen mix on Monday, signing David Aardsma to a minor-league deal. He doesn't throw it as hard as he used to, but he's still an interesting guy to take a look at given his track record in the majors. He'll be reporting to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Fleet Week may have been cancelled due to budget cuts within the government, but that doesn't mean that there won't be any military celebrations going on at Citi Field this weekend. The team will still be running its military appreciation night on Sunday, and is expecting about 4,000 participants.

Yesterday at AA

Mondays usually see the updated performance meters at AA, and yesterday saw new editions for both hitters and pitchers.

The player performance meter just isn't enough for Matt Harvey, so we took an in-depth look at his 9th start of the season.

This date in Mets history belonged to Robin Ventura, who hit a grand slam in both games of a double header against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Finally, we had a series preview for the Reds with Red Reporter, SB Nation's Cincinnati Reds community.

Around Baseball

The division leading Braves maintained their winning ways, defeating the Minnesota Twins by a 5-1 score.

We had another 5-1 score within the division, as the Phillies lost to the Triple-A Double-A team from Miami.

In the most lopsided game from the NL East on Monday, the Nationals got pounded 8-0 by the Giants. The news got worse for both teams after the game, as both Ryan Vogelsong and Ryan Mattheus suffered broken hands.

Dave Cameron took on the idea that sabermetrics are to blame for the increasing number of strikeouts in baseball today. Rob Neyer also gave his take on the theory.

The 2013 draft is rapidly approaching, and over-slot guys are always worth watching as teams decide how to distribute their funds. Minor League Ball took a look at some potentially tough signs yesterday.