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Jon Niese was less than sharp out of the gates last night, and the Nationals took full advantage, putting up three in the first inning. Doug Fister quieted the Mets' offense until the game got out of hand in the sixth when Danny Espinosa took Niese deep for three more, and the Mets eventually lost 7-1.
The rubber game, slated for 12:35 this afternoon, will pit Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77) against right-hander Jordan Zimmerman (7-5, 3.00).
When the question of his interest in Bud Selig's job arose, Sandy Alderson made it clear he plans to remain Mets general manager until the job is done.
Bill Price takes some time to look at the effect that Jacob deGrom is having on fans at Citi Field.
Over at Mets Minor League Blog, Toby Hyde analyzes the 51s' Matt Reynolds as a potential utility player for the Mets.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's elbow inflammation is improving.
Around the NL East
Federal Baseball's Patrick Reddington revisits the decision to send Jayson Werth home in the bottom of the sixth of Washington's 6-1 loss to the Mets on Tuesday.
Around the Majors
Troy Tulowitzki reiterates that "something needs to change" with the Rockies organization, but he insists that vocalizing his frustrations does not mean he wants to be traded. It was reported that Tulo looked good in his first batting practice session after suffering an injury to his hip flexor.
According to Maury Brown, baseball broadcasts on regional sports networks are dominating prime time summer television.
Cole Hamels and Marlon Byrd were claimed by way of revocable waivers on Wednesday.
Twelve-year-old Dawson Batts impressed all in attendance at the Baseball Youth NYBC All-Star Challenge last weekend. Thing is, Dawson was born without a left arm.
Matt Harvey: from elbow of a nation to teardrop of the internet, back to elbow of a nation again.
Yesterday At AA
Lukas Vlahos wonders whether former Met and current Astro, Collin McHugh, might be one who got away.
Michael Avallone fears we may have just witnessed another #LOLMets moment.
David Roth pitches the idea that as prudent as it would have been to trade Bartolo Colon, it's simply too much fun to have him on the team.
Andrew Gould reveals that Zach Wheeler is all but untouchable.
Brock Mahan runs down all of Tuesday's Mets farm action.
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