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Mets Morning News: You dress like the Marlins, you play like the Marlins

In which orange is not a hot summer color, we're not buying that the Phillies are dead, and the Dodgers just keep on winning.

Mike Stobe

Meet the Mets

The Mets never seem to play well in the 'Los Mets' jerseys, and this year's creamsicle versions didn't break that string. Jeremy Hefner was roughed up again, and the Mets couldn't do much against Tim Hudson, so it will be up to Zack Wheeler to salvage a split this afternoon.

Hudson left the game with a fractured ankle after getting stepped on by Eric Young, Jr. on a play at first. Young seemed absolutely broken up about it, and it's just a horrible situation all around. Always dreaded facing Hudson, and the guy has had a hell of a career. Hopefully this isn't the end.

Last night makes two bad starts in a row for Jeremy Hefner, and bad is being charitable. I still think he's a fine fifth starter, but that home run rate is always going to be a problem.

David Wright nearly fell victim to a freak injury of his own, as he took a broken bat to the back of the head. Only in Flushing.

Ike Davis thinks fans take 'delight' in booing him. That's probably not the best thing to say when you are hitting .180, by the way.

Oh hey, Josh Satin is John Sickels's prospect of the day. HAIL!

Yesterday at AA

Yesterday's GIF of the game featured Mr. Met and Chewbacca, together at last.

On this date last year, R.A. Dickey outdueled Gio Gonzalez.

And Pack Bringley wrote about having a real discussion on PEDs.

Around the NL East

If you were hoping that the Phillies might sell off some prospects to make a run at the postseason this year...well, that's looking less likely with each passing day (loss).

The Good Phight puts another nail in the coffin of pitcher wins, while Crashburn Alley compares Ruben Amaro to a stubborn investor.

Talking Chop recaps the Braves win last night.

The Nationals are in full free fall right now, and not even eight strong innings from Stephen Strasburg can halt their descent.

Make it three straight games that the Marlins have scored a run! Wednesday it was only one, though, and that was not enough to beat the Rockies.

Around MLB

Here is all of Wednesday night's action in one handy dandy scoreboard. Of particular note: Once again the Dodgers staged a late inning rally to down the Blue Jays. That's five straight for LA, who sits atop the NL West for the moment.

So the A-Rod thing keeps getting weirder.

FanGraphs produces one of the less predictable headlines of 2013. Also at the FG, Bill Petti looks at where and when close strikes do (or don't) get called.

At Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer examines the calls for Milwaukee to cut ties with Ryan Braun.

And Baseball Prospectus looks at their favorite defensive plays from 2013.