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Mets Morning News: Montero gets rocked, heads back to the old drawing board

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Jim McIsaac

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Taking the place of the injured Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero got knocked around by the Nationals, serving up three home runs. DeGrom got good news on Monday and said yesterday he expects to miss just two starts.

Speaking of injured pitchers, Matt Harvey likely won't pitch in a game until next year thanks to Jeremy Hefner's recent setback. It would've been fun to see Harvey pitch this year but they're clearly better off safe than sorry.

David Wright's power numbers have taken a hit this year even though the underlying metrics don't point to anything much different from years past. Sad face.

Terry Collins thinks the Mets will be in a race come September. I'm not sure what race he's talking about but if it's the playoff race, it'd be nice to see them beat the Nationals a little more often.

There are lots of scouting notes on Mets minor leaguers in this piece at the Daily News. The Dilson Herrera quote is especially exciting. Toby Hyde, meanwhile, compiled his hot/not list for August.

Yesterday At AA

Let's look at Travis d'Arnaud's defense, framing, and pitch blocking!

Dominic Smith hit his first home run recently. Should we worry about his power?

With news of his hernia, should the Mets shut Jenrry Mejia down?

The Mets are going to have to think hard before they move any of their young pitchers.

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets series with the Nationals with Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball.

Around the NL East

Jarred Cosart and the Marlins blanked the Cardinals 3-0. Mike Minor took a loss in the Braves 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers. Finally, the Phillies and Angels played late into the night in Anaheim.

Around the Majors

Tom Werner is trying to block Rob Manfred's big to replace Bud Selig as MLB's commissioner and the co-owner of the Red Sox may have a legitimate chance.

Some bad news for a couple of infielders on playoff contenders: Manny Machado has been diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain, while Jed Lowrie has a fracture in his right index finger.

A's closer Sean Doolittle guest wrote a primer on advanced statistics. It's totally serious, you can believe me.

Mo'ne Davis, Little League World Series participant and the 17th girl to play in the LLWS tournment, was discovered on the football field.

Steve Goldman wrote about Robin Williams and the baseball film he never made.

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