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Mets Morning News: Mets score runs, Mets fans confused

In which the Mets hit some dingers, we don't talk about the AL MVP, and Jose Abreu prepares to get paid.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets scored nine(!) runs yesterday. The last time the Mets scored that many? July 26th. They won that game too. Turns out if you score a lot of runs, you are more likely to win baseball games! Science! Jon Niese scuffled a bit on the mound, but pitched to the score and showed the will to win. Catch up on all the snark you missed in Daily Stache' Mets Twitter Recap.

Niese replaced Jeremy Hefner on the roster. Hefner was optioned to Las Vegas, but may be heading to the DL with an elbow issue.

Wilmer Flores had a pretty nice day on Sunday. He continues his ribeye steak feast and added his first major league home run to the ledger. Faith and Fear has taken notice. Also, it appears that our my long national twitter nightmare is over, as Terry Collins may have finally put the "Flores to 2b" thing to rest.

In case you missed it, Ike Davis is getting booed less.

Yesterday at AA

Josh Smolow updated us on how Zack Wheeler looks in PitchFx.

And Chris McShane wrote about what to watch for in Jon Niese's start.

Around the NL East

The other four teams in the NL East paired off yesterday for some internecine battling. Stephen Strasburg shut out the Phillies, who are now three games behind the Mets in the NL East. And the Braves won their rubber game with the Marlins, which I believe at this point is the equivalent of losing a rubber game to the Marlins.

Around MLB

Here's all of Sunday's action in one handy dandy scoreboard. Of particular note: It is probably time to start paying attention to the Royals.

Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has defected. Ben Badler has his scouting report over at Baseball America. Would not be surprised if he gets Cespedes-type money.

Jeff Sullivan is back with the worst swings and wildest pitches of the last week.

The AL MVP discussion is going to be fun and instructive once again. Funstructive!

Prince Fielder is having a year to forget for the Tigers.

And Ted Berg looks at the dark side of the Pirates' 2013 success.

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