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Mets Morning News: Wheeler shows signs of maturity, Harvey throws 20 pitches

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Zack Wheeler struggled with his control yesterday but was able to work around those issues and actually made a mechanical change on the fly. The Mets likely will have to trade pitching for a bat this winter but with his development, Wheeler is proving to them that he should untouchable.

Jacob deGrom could round out a very potent Mets rotation next year with Matt Harvey and Wheeler, says Jack Moore. Also Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and Noah Syndergaard. And Rafael Montero. And Steve Matz. And...

Speaking of Harvey, he tossed 20 pitches yesterday down in Port St. Lucie and pronounced the session a success. Stan Conte says that rehab from Tommy John surgery has to go slowly in order to give the ligament a chance to fully strengthen.

At Beyond the Box Score, Steven Silverman wrote about the double no-hit battle between deGrom and Jake Peavy.

Jared Diamond wrote about the Mets and their use of cupping therapy, an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine that doctors say has no evidence of being useful.

Rob Neyer looked at Andy Martino's article on Lucas Duda and Ike Davis and dug into the stats, while also using it to examine some of his own biases. Terry Collins would like Duda to start hitting lefties.

His career as a player may be over but Bobby Abreu would like to find work as a hitting coach in the next phase of his career.

Yesterday At AA

Eric Campbell should be getting more playing time, while Chris Young should probably be cut.

Aaron Yorke previewed our series with the Nationals.

Around the NL East

The Phillies beat the Astros in a game that took way too long, while Felix Hernandez and the Mariners shut down the Braves in a 4-1 game, and the Marlins defeated the Pirates 6-3.

Around the Majors

The Biogenesis saga is not over and in fact, it could leak the names of more big league players.

There are now three official candidates to replace Bud Selig as MLB's commissioner: Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan, and Tom Werner.

The Padres are set to name Rangers assistant GM AJ Preller as their new General Manager.

Andrew McCutchen has a fractured rib, potentially stemming from the retaliation beaning courtesy of the Diamondbacks.

Sad news if you're a fan of the writing at Sports On Earth, as the site has laid off the majority of their writers in a restructuring/money saving move. That's a real shame.

MLB is not dying and in fact, it's a regional TV ratings monster!

In a bit of a surprising move, the Marlins designated righty Jacob Turner for assignment yesterday. The 23 year old has struggled this year but he's out of options.

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