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Mets Morning News: Tales of Duda and Wheeler to help you through the off-day blues

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

Ezra Shaw

Meet the Mets

The Mets didn't play a baseball game last night. They'll get back at it tonight at 10:10 p.m. against the Dodgers.

Tim Healey of MLB.com explains how Zack Wheeler has become a more complete pitcher this year thanks to his changeup.

It doesn't seem as though the Mets are in the running for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, but Cuban shortstop Roberto Carlos is on New York's radar.

Lucas Duda isn't the most social of creatures. Luckily, his bat speaks for itself.

Despite Duda's power prowess, the Mets are failing to hit more home runs than their opponents for the sixth straight season.

I usually don't like ugly theme night uniforms, but I might have to make an exception for these Double Dare-inspired Brooklyn Cyclones jerseys.

Interleague matchups against the American League West have made the Mets' travel schedule pretty hectic this season.

Around the NL East

Denard Span scored in the bottom of the ninth on a Jordan Pacheco throwing error, and Washington defeated the Diamonadbacks, 1-0. It was the red hot Nationalsfifth walk-off victory in their last six games and the team's 10th straight win overall.

The Braves are also hot, cruising past the Reds for their sixth win in seven tries.

A.J. Burnett seems to be leaning towards retirement after the 2014 campaign is over.

Michael Jong at Fish Stripes discusses how the Marlins' fan base is divided when it comes to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Around the Majors

Garrett Richards has been diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon after he suffered a scary knee injury on Wednesday night. As expected, he'll miss the rest of the 2014 season.

The injury could open up an opportunity for the Mets to move Bartolo Colon, if only the team would put him on waivers.

David Price allowed just one hit in eight innings against his former team yesterday, but the Rays still managed to beat the Tigers, 1-0.

Let's all welcome Howard Megdal to SB Nation by reading his story on the 1980s Cardinals and the decline of the stolen base.

In the wake of Mo'Ne Davis hysteria, Andy Martino has a story of a Little League hero whose fame did not have a positive impact on his life.

Eating a bacon mac-and-cheese burger followed by a three-pound ice cream sundae on the South Side of Chicago? Mercy!

Yesterday at AA

Jeffrey Paternostro gave us the lowdown on three very tall pitchers taken by the Mets in the 2014 draft.

Daniel Stein-Sayles continued his Perception Gap series with breakdowns on three of the Mets' top position players.

Nathan Gismot asserted that David Wright is going to bounce back from what has been a very disappointing 2014 season.

On this date in 2006, Carlos Delgado hit his 400th career home run and Carlos Beltran hit a walk-off home run to help the Mets defeat the Cardinals.