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Mets Morning News: Backman is the manager New York deserves, just not the one it needs right now

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

Mike Ehrmann

Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom was quality, Kirk Nieuwenhuis reached base four times, and the Mets held on to defeat the Marlins, 4-3.

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Despite the series win in Miami, the Mets are still likely to finish with a sub-.500 record. How to we get the team back to winning? It's simple. We promote the Backman.

deGrom is exploring new territory as far as innings pitched are considered.

With Curtis Granderson showing good strikeout and walk rates this season, it's tough for the outfielder to explain where his struggles are coming from.

Mets minor league affiliates went 2-for-3 in playoff games last night.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen says that Jeurys Familia will not be shut down before the end of the season.

Terry Collins sees Dilson Herrera batting second for the future Mets.

I know we all love the drams, but Jordanny Valdespin is not bitter about being booted from the Mets last year.

The Star-Ledger talked to Bobby Parnell about the reliever being ready for 2015 spring training.

Around the NL East

The Nationals trailed the Dodgers 2-0 entering the ninth inning on Wednesday, but Washington managed to come away with an epic 8-5 win. Adam LaRoche knocked in five runs despite not entering the game until the ninth inning.

The Braves somehow scored seven runs while defeating the Phillies yesterday. Meanwhile, Talking Chop is coming to terms with the fact that Jason Heyward is not much of a power hitter.

Giancarlo Stanton has a couple of Marlins home runs records in his sights.

Ben Revere doesn't have the most stolen bases in the majors, but his combination of volume and efficiency has been pretty darn impressive.

Around the Majors

Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson overcame two Tommy John surgeries and pitched in the majors last night for the first time in over two years.

Carlos Beltran is going to have surgery on his elbow this winter, but he thinks he'll be healthy in time for spring training.

The Yankees ran into a pretty hilarious double play last night.

The Cardinals defeated the Pirates on Wednesday in a good, old fashioned 1-0 walk-off.

1-0 might have been the final score of the Mariners vs. Athletics game, but then Kyle Seager and Corey Hart decided to go back-to-back.

The Rockies agreed to a two-year extension with lefty starter Jorge De La Rosa.

HardballTalk explored the greatest MVP pairings of all time.

Yesterday at AA

On this date in 1985, Gary Carter wrapped up a legendary power surge. In 1968, Mike Piazza was born.