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Mets Morning News: Hopefully the corned beef will make the pain go away

Your Tuesday morning, soda-bread-eating dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Mets fans! The Red Sox squeaked by the Mets yesterday in Fort Meyers, but don't fret! Matt Harvey was great again, tossing four scoreless innings against the Red Sox starters. Noah Syndergaard, however, struggled, allowing two runs in relief of Harvey.

In case our readers haven't heard the big news, Zack Wheeler has a torn UCL and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery. After the news broke, so did more information about arm problems from last season, and how the Mets handled handled the situation.

Terry Collins told the media that Dillon Gee would likely replace Zack Wheeler.

Collins further added that the young players would need to "pitch their way up."

Noah Syndergaard said that he wasn't "changing his mindset," because he lost a spot in the rotation.

David Waldstein wonders if the Mets have bad luck, or are missing something in their usage of pitchers.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was impressed with Matt Harvey, saying that the Mets ace reminds him of a former Red Sox pitcher.

Ken Davidoff says the excuses will not cut it; the Mets must win in 2015.

Noah Syndergaard may not have made the most of an opportunity, with a job now on the line.

CBS previewed the Mets 2015 season, including things they liked and disliked.

Joel Sherman writes that Zack Wheeler's injury exposes the problem with Sandy Alderson's plan.

Ken Rosenthal wonders if the Mets are doing enough to protect their young pitchers.

Ben Duronio writes that Steven Matz may be put on a different timeline with Zack Wheeler's injury.

Craig Edwards broke down the payrolls of every team in baseball.

Around the NL East

Cliff Lee is headed to the 60-day disabled list, and may have pitched the last game of his career.

Mike Schmidt is not a fan of the new pace of play rules, saying "there's no place in baseball for a time clock."

Talking Chop previewed the Atlanta Braves 2015 season.

Fish Stripes also previewed the Marlins 2015 season.

Around the Majors

Pete Rose has reapplied for reinstatement, and will meet with Rob Manfred.

Rob Neyer writes that DIBS, a rarely used stat, may become a hot-button topic in the sabermetrics community in the near future.

Jonah Keri writes that the White Sox were able to accomplish a full rebuild in just eighteen months.

Cal Quantrill, arguably the top pitching prospect in the 2016 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Our friend Eno Sarris spoke to Kris Bryant about the mechanics of his swing.

Can someone please check on Tommy Lasorda and make sure he's alright?

I thought you all needed to see this:

Yesterday at AA

Nathan Gismot previewed Wilmer Flores' 2015 season.

Michael Donato says that the Mets are parallel, in many ways, to a certain orange and blue wearing hockey team.

Chris McShane wants you to tell us who you think should replace Zack Wheeler in the rotation.

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