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Mets Morning News: Captain Wright saves the day

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Butch Dill

Meet the Mets

With the Mets down 5-4 and facing unhittable closer Craig Kimbrel, David Wright stepped up to the plate and showed why he gets the big bucks. Wright's game-tying home run in the ninth propelled the Mets to extra innings where they won it in the 10th by a score of 7-5.

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Jon Niese looks to extend the Mets' win streak to three games, as goes to the hill against Julio Teheran in game two this evening. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

Speaking before the game, Sandy Alderson said that Terry Collins' job this season isn't in jeopardy and that he hasn't even considered firing the manager. My favorite quote: "You go through a tough week and people like to immediately jump to conclusions and start discussing a doomsday scenario. A good first week isn’t necessarily any more of an indication than a bad fourth week."

Shaun Marcum didn't get out of the 5th inning again, as he's still working out the kinks with his control. It's important to remember that this is still essentially spring training for him.

Jordany Valdespin was right in the middle of the Mets' 10th inning rally but he was also a no-show for batting practice prior to the game.

After picking up his first big league save and impressing while doing so, Jeurys Familia may be in line to get more late inning looks. If he can consistently throw his breaking ball like he did last night, absolutely!

With Andrew Brown called up and in the lineup, the Mets demoted outfielder Collin Cowgill to Las Vegas.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis did this for Las Vegas last night. Wow.

J.D. Sussman has a nice profile of intriguing Mets' pitching prospect Logan Taylor. The Mets took Taylor in the 11th round of last year's draft.

Mike Piazza made his ballet debut last night in Miami.

Yesterday At AA

Ben Berkon continues to ask what the Mets should do with Daniel Murphy, this time looking at what the infielder could potentially return in a trade.

I previewed the Mets and Braves series with Talking Chop.

Brock Mahan looked back at May 3 in Mets History.

Around the NL East

The Nationals continue to struggle through the first month of the season, as they fell to the Pirates 3-1. Davey Johnson says that the Nats need to "man up".

Jonathan Pettibone continues to pitch well for the Phillies, as they defeated the Marlins 4-1. Juan Pierre celebrated his 600th stolen base with...Hawaiian Punch and Honey Buns. Meanwhile, Roy Halladay is pissed at Mitch Williams.

Around the Majors

Cardinals' closer Jason Motte needs Tommy John surgery.

Here's an interesting idea: Total Baseball.

Jack Morris accused Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz of throwing a spitball, which lets Jack Moore of Fangraphs revisit the spitball. Meanwhile, I think Braves' righty Tim Hudson might be cheating.

What would happen if you applied sabermetrics to little league?

Ben Horrow of Beyond the Box Score tries to shake up MLB's postseason.