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Mets Morning News: A pair of rainouts means that the first Wheeler Day is that much closer

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


Meet the Mets

The Mets were rained out for the second straight game yesterday, adding another to the list of games they'll have to make up later this year. Today I can wish you all a Happy Harvey Day! Matt Harvey faces off against 20-year old Jose Fernandez of the Marlins. Game time is at 1:10 PM from Citi Field.

We may be close to celebrating our first Wheeler Day, as Zack Wheeler is rumored to be ready to make his big league debut next Friday against the Cubs. Wheeler started for Triple-A Las Vegas, looking dominant through four innings before getting knocked out in the fifth due to some struggles and a high pitch count. Jay Horwitz even flew out to Vegas to speak with Wheeler earlier in the week.

There is promotion news from Las Vegas today: the Mets have called up veteran reliever David Aardsma, who will replace Collin McHugh in the team's bullpen. To make room on the 40-man roster, Jeurys Familia was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Marlon Byrd's obsession with hitting has paid off for the Mets thus far, as Byrd now leads the team in slugging percentage.

Rounds 3-10 of the MLB draft were completed yesterday and among the 9 players the Mets selected was L.J. Mazzilli in the 4th round, the son of former Mets center fielder Lee Mazzilli. Little Maz is a second baseman, a college senior from UConn. Here's more on the rest of the Mets' picks on Day Two.

Yesterday At AA

Our draft guru Alex Nelson has scouting reports on second round pitcher Andrew Church and third round outfielder Ivan Wilson.

Rob Castellano reviews the week in Mets Tweets.

James Kannengieser wrote about the underrated Sid Fernandez.

Greg Karam has yesterday's Daily Farm Report, in which Cesar Puello continues to do awesome, awesome things.

On June 7th three years ago, the Mets drafted Matt Harvey with the 7th overall pick. And a glorious day it was.

In an AA Fanpost, user cpins wonders if the Mets' rotation is better than everybody thinks it is.

Around the NL East

The Phillies fell back to .500 as they lost to the Brewers 5-4.

Yasiel Puig continued his assault on big league pitching with his fifth home run in four games, as the Dodgers beat the Braves 2-1.

The Nationals and Marlins (obviously) were rained out yesterday. At Fishstripes, Michael Jong wonders where Marcell Ozuna's power is. Giancarlo Stanton could be back on Monday.

Around the Majors

So Yasiel Puig has been pretty incredible in his first five major league games.

Alex Rodriguez has hired the lawyer who helped to overturn Ryan Braun's suspension.

Angel Pagan is headed to the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring after already missing 11 straight games.

The Rays definitely have some black magic or something, as they've turned around many a career over the last few seasons. The latest of those is former Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson.

Manny Ramirez hit a home run in Taiwan and the home run call might be the strangest home run call ever made.