Meet the Mets
Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey. The Mets got a glimpse at what could be a very exciting one-two punch yesterday, as they swept a doubleheader from the Braves behind the right arms of Mr. Harvey and Mr. Wheeler. Harvey had a no-hitter through 6 and struck out 13 over 7 innings in a 4-3 victory, while Wheeler tossed six shutout innings in his big league debut, 6-1 Mets win.
Choose Your Recap: Amazin' Avenue Game One, Game Two, MLB.com 1 2, ESPN NY 1 2, Daily News 1 2, New York Times, Star-Ledger 1 2, NY Post, Newsday 1 2
Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler do not pitch tonight. Instead, it'll be Shaun Marcum on the mound against Kris Medlen at 7:10 PM.
After the game, the Mets announced some roster moves. First they acquired outfielder Eric Young Jr from the Rockies in exchange for Collin McHugh. To make room for Young on the roster, the Mets designated Collin Cowgill for assignment. They also are set to promote Andrew Brown up from Las Vegas. The corresponding move there wasn't announced, though it may be Scott Atchison headed to the DL after he injured his groin last night.
David Wright hopes that Harvey and Wheeler develop into the Mets' 1A and 1B in the rotation.
There was plenty of Wheeler hype written before the righty took the mound yesterday. John Sickels named Wheeler his prospect of the day. At Fangraphs, Marc Hulet looked at Wheeler. Our own Jeffrey Paternostro had a primer on Wheeler. Grant Brisbee wrote about the Mets and relying on young pitching.
First round pick Dominic Smith is very close to being finalized, says an insider. Smith will head to the GCL once the deal is final.
Yesterday At AA
Chris McShane looks back at Matt Harvey's 12th, 13th, and 14th starts.
We've got two GIFs for you: Gary and Ron's time lapse adventures and Matt Harvey throwing to nobody.
Rob Castellano digs into the AA prospect mailbag and answers questions about minor league relievers and Francisco Pena.
Before their doubleheader began, the Mets activated Wheeler and Scott Atchison, while sending Justin Turner to the DL with an injury.
Greg Karam has our Daily Farm Report from Tuesday.
Around the NL East
Cliff Lee helped the Phillies defeat the Nationals by a score of 4-2. Should the Phillies fire Charlie Manuel?
Paul Goldschmidt walked off as the Diamondbacks defeated the Marlins 3-2. The Marlins have been awful but do they have a couple of Rookie of the Year candidates on the roster?
Evan Gattis is on the DL for the Braves with an oblique strain.
Around the Majors
San Jose has sued MLB, challenging its monopoly power, in their effort to get the Athletics to move to a new stadium. Craig Calcaterra calls the lawsuit out as BS.
Porter Fischer, the whistleblower in the Biogenesis case, says the people running Major League Baseball are "the biggest scumbags on Earth".
Bad news for the Yankees, who've lost both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis again. Teixeira is back on the DL with his wrist injury, while Youkilis could miss 10-12 weeks after having surgery on a herniated disk.
Did you know that Vin Scully was almost a Yankee?
Drew Sheppard uses the magic of animated GIFs to track R.A. Dickey's knuckleball. GIFs + Dickey Knuckler = Awesome