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Mets Morning News: An off-day means a rest from the BULLPAIN!

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

With no Mets baseball on Monday, you were all spared of the roller coaster of emotions that the first two series have brought. In order to prepare our stomachs for tonight's contest, Adam Rubin previews the series. Rubin also provided us with some Monday evening observations.

The Mets bullpen took another blow, as Vic Black was sent to the DL in Las Vegas because of a pinched nerve.

Tyler Kepner writes that the Mets are perfectly content waiting for Travis d'Arnaud to develop.

Terry Collins, along with John Jeansonne, seem to have grasped the notion that the Mets are going to strike out a lot in 2014.

A young Mets fan asks a higher power (no, not Bud Selig) something that we've all been wondering.

Around the NL East

The Phillies were rained out on Monday, and the Braves, Marlins, and Nationals all had an off-day. TRAID the NL East for taking a day off so early in the season.

Brad Johnson talks about the Marlins' stellar first week.

Howard Megdal gives us some insight as to why Anthony Rendon is playing second base.

Around the Majors

Derek Jeter made his last home debut at Yankee Stadium on Monday, where the Yankees defeated the Orioles by a score of 4-2.

Matt Klaasen talks about everyone's favorite baseball buzzword, "chemistry."

Wendy Thurm gives us a rundown of all of the MLB contracts for 2014.

Harry Pavlidis gives us a nice graphical look at Michael Pineda's first start.

Clint Logenecker takes a look at some 2014 draft prospects for Baseball America.

Dan Le Batard writes that baseball people need to cut Yasiel Puig some slack.

Mike Oz shares with us some fun facts about "Major League" as we approach its 25th birthday.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane brought back his player performance meters for 2014. His meter for pitchers can be found here, and his meter for position players can be found here.

Pack Bringley gave us a fantastic interview with Curtis Granderson, which almost turned into a Chicago-area high school booster club meeting.

Joe Sokolowski revisits the "good word" on the Mets this week, with his compilation of quotes.

Rob Castellano says "don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be alright," in regards to Travis d'Arnaud.

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