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Mets Morning News: Rubber game in San Diego today, d'Arnaud solidifying middle-of-the-order status, Familia might be overworked

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets lost to the Padres as they were blanked by Tyson Ross and some San Diego relief pitchers last night. Dillon Gee struggled in his start, though he would have needed to be perfect for the Mets to win. With that, Zack Wheeler starts the rubber game of the series this afternoon at 4:10 PM EDT.

Choose your recapAmazin' AvenueNewsdayNew York TimesESPN New YorkNew York PostNew York Daily NewsWall Street, or Star-Ledger.

Michael Conforto made his professional debut last night and picked up his first hit in the process. The first-round draft pick went 1-for-4 for Brooklyn.

Travis d'Arnaud has hit his way into the middle of the lineup, a role that he's cementing with more production.

While d'Arnaud has been great with the bat lately, he's still struggling when it comes to blocking pitches—a problem that dates back to last year. Terry Collins downplayed the problem, though, and says he's not that concerned about it.

Terry Collins is thinking of cutting back on multiple-inning outings for Jeurys Familia, as he is concerned about the hard-throwing youngster's workload this season.

Jason Fry is going to try to be more even keeled about the Mets, but last night he gained a real appreciation for the team's announcers when he got stuck listening to the Padres' broadcast thanks to streaming problems with the WOR feed on MLB At-Bat.

Around the National League East

Jordany Valdespin made his triumphant return to Major League Baseball with the Marlins. Miami lost, however, to the Giants.

The Phillies beat the Braves thanks to a Jimmy Rollins home run last night. The Nationals beat up on Matt Garza and the Brewers.

Speaking of Philadelphia, the team might be working on an A.J. Burnett trade with the Orioles.

Around Major League Baseball

Fangraphs wrote up the concept of wOBA as a gateway statistic.

The Padres' offense might go down as one of the worst in major league history, says the Times.

Beyond the Box Score takes a look at Amazin' Avenue community favorite Joc Pederson and just how good he might or might not be as a big leaguer.

Dream-scenario Mets shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left yesterday's Rockies game with an injury.

Brandon McCarthy made another good start for the Yankees yesterday as they beat the Reds.