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Mets Morning News: As Dodgers come to town, Mets look to avoid the Citi Field blues

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Your post-off-day dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Good morning, folks! The Mets were off yesterday, but they will take on Dodgers tonight at Citi Field. Rafael Montero will take on Josh Beckett, who I completely forgot was still a major league baseball player. Be sure to stay tuned for our series preview later today!

Mark Simon writes that David Wright is having power issues because he's not pulling the ball well.

Jared Diamond suggests that we shouldn't be surprised that Zack Wheeler is getting hit around, but it's part of the improvement process.

Terry Collins said that just because Juan Lagares is the starting center fielder, he might not be the everyday center fielder.

Mike Vorkunov talks about the tale of Eric Campbell, who has been a nice addition to the Mets. Vorkunov goes on to talk about the impact of all of the Mets newest additions on their current play.

ESPN Stats gives a short breakdown of Juan Lagares at the plate.

Mark Herrmann writes that Bartolo Colon is silently bearing a torch for baseball in Montreal.

Josh Kosman writes that Saul Katz really did want to sell the Mets.

Mike Vorkunov reminds us just how dangerous being a catcher can be.

Marc Carig suggests that we should be less concerned with Jeremy Hefner and Matt Harvey's velocity, and more concerned with their command.

Kristie Ackert writes that David Wright is starting to feel better at the plate.

Jared Diamond reminds us that we should have patience with Brandon Nimmo.

David Lennon wants to know, "what, exactly, is the Mets bullpen order?"

Around the NL East

The Braves broke their game against the Brewers open with monster eighth inning en route to a 9-3 victory.

The Nationals dropped a crazy extra-inning contest against the Reds by a score of 4-3.

Around the Majors

Hayden Higgins writes a fantastic piece on the "new Moneyball."

Marc Saxson talks about the problems with bullpen walks.

Jeff Sullivan writes Andrelton Simmons may appear to be decreasing in defensive value, but he hasn't gotten a fair shake.

Dave Cameron writes a potent response to Bob Ryan's article on advanced metrics. Take a look at the comments section on the Bob Ryan article if you want a good laugh.

Mike Trout helped a New Jersey high-schooler ask a young lady to prom!

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previews a new feature that I'm sure AA will love, it's the Mets Uniform Review!

Jeffrey Paternostro reviews John M. Gant and Gavin Cecchini as part of his great "The View From Behind the Backstop" feature.

Chris McShane brings us his weekly performance meters. Position players can be found here and pitchers can be found here.

Thomas E. Harkins interviews Mr. Met! (or at least the guy who used to play him).

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