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Mets Morning News: Hey, maybe that Baseball America 2014 projected lineup was onto something

In which Harvey day is almost Maddux day, the Mets take over third place, and the NL Cy Young race gets interesting.

Mike Stobe

Meet the Mets

Last night was the happiest of Harvey Days, as the Mets ace shut down the Rockies for his first career complete game shutout. He actually got a bit of run support as well, the bulk of which coming on a bases-clearing double from Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the eighth. Still got to do something about that hairstyle, Wilmer. Maybe borrow some product from Mejia or something.

Speaking of Jenrry Mejia, Howard Megdal takes a look at the former top prospect's long road back to the majors. I'm still not sure Mejia is a starter long term, but hoo boy, it is looking like a fun ride regardless.

Baseball Prospectus takes a look at what Met fans and fantasy hounds can expect from Wilmer Flores for the rest of 2013.

One Met who didn't have a good day was Lucas Duda, who was officially taken off his rehab assignment and optioned to Las Vegas.

Yesterday at AA

Rob Castellano looked at some comparables for Wilmer Flores's Triple-A performance.

Eric Simon had your butt-centric GIFs of the game.

And Chris McShane wondered if Juan Lagares is the Mets center fielder of the future.

Around the NL East

The Phillies have officially backed into fourth place in the NL East with a 5-2 loss to the Cubbies. Not that it really matters to Phillies fans, mind you. Yep, Ruben Amaro may not know much about rebuilding, but good for the Phils for locking up Utley for a few more years. Based on the rate at which he gets injured, not like the Mets will see him much over the nxt two years

The Braves keep on truckin', notching their 13th straight win with a 6-3 smackdown of the Nationals. I wonder if Danny Espinosa still thinks they are the better team, Davey Johnson sure doesn't.

And the Marlins are doing their best to try and catch the Astros in the Carlos Rodon sweepstakes, losing to the Pirates 4-2.

Around MLB

Here's all of Wednesday's action in one handy dandy scoreboard. Of particular note: The Tigers are rolling off a double-digit winning streak of their own, and have started to open some breathing room in the AL Central.

The NL Cy Young race is going to be a fun one, with Harvey, Clayton Kershaw, and Adam Wainwright all making strong cases. In order to keep pace with Harvey and Kershaw, Wainwright has decided he's just not going to walk anybody. Seems to be going well.

It was a rough day for his rotation mate, Shelby Miller, who left his start against the Dodgers after taking a line drive off his pitching elbow in the first inning.

Carson Cistulli returns with his five favorite fringe prospects, while Matthew Kory writes about a not-so-fringe prospect in Xander Bogaerts.

You probably already know this, but some people are just dicks. Still, takes a special breed to deface a statue of Jackie Robinson.

Bluebird Banter got a guest post from Johnny Anderson, who tells the story of his journey through the minor leagues.

And in your must-read link of the day, Jonah Keri goes in-depth to find out how Mike Trout became Mike Trout.