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Mets Morning News: Young at heart pitching gets the nod over young pitching for Opening Day

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets stomped on the Marlins by a score of 12-3 yesterday. Michael Cuddyer homered, but Jacob deGrom said that he didn't feel like he had a good outing.

Terry Collins announced what the rotation will look like the first few days of the season for the Mets. Collins went further, explaining why Matt Harvey won't pitch the opener.

Although Wilmer Flores didn't have any breaks in his foot, he's having trouble walking.

In a must-read feature in New York magazine, Matt Harvey ponders his celebrity status, and leaves us to wonder if he's bigger than baseball.

Mike Vaccaro says that starting Bartolo Colon is contradictory to the Mets homegrown philosophy.

John Harper writes that Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson's relationship is showing signs of tension.

Tim Rohan writes that there's a race for middle infield jobs, and it's Ruben Tejada against the farm.

Jared Diamond wrote that the Mets really, really like trivia.

Anthony Rieber writes that Danny Muno has done enough to earn himself a roster spot.

Some young people wrote down their Mets and Yankees wishes for an exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Around the NL East

Grant Brisbee previews the five key players in the NL East.

The Nationals have released former Mets pitcher and Mets antagonist Heath Bell.

Marc Normandin writes that Giancarlo Stanton's new contract has already payed off for the Marlins.

Jimmy Rollins said that Philadelphia was a little too blue-collar for his taste.

Around the Majors

Dave Golebiewski analyzes just how much pitchers' hitting ability matters to National League teams.

Brandon Phillips claimed that the focus on on-base percentage is "messing up baseball."

Chris Mitchell at Fangraphs ranked each organization by KATOH, and the result should make Mets fans happy.

Our buddy Eno Sarris takes a look at the most irreplaceable players in Major League Baseball.

Cuban infielder Hector Olivera will choose a team by Wednesday, and supposedly it's between the Padres and Dodgers.

Michael Bauman believes the Marlins will win the World Series, and says we should believe so too.

Dave Schoenfeld says that gone are the days of the left fielder being a team's big slugger.

Yesterday at AA

Ben Margolin previewed Long Island's own Steven Matz's 2015 season.

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