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Mets Morning News: Terry Collins loves great expectations, thinks fancy stats are a sham

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Meet the Mets

During his press conference on Thursday morning, Terry Collins said the Mets could go back to a six-man rotation after Zack Wheeler returns to action.

Collins talked to USA Today about his big Game 5 decision from last year and the excitement he has for 2016. Also, the skipper isn't a fan of all these new (expletive) statistics.

With the infield depth solidified for now, shortstop prospect Matt Reynolds may play some outfield during spring training.

Lucas Duda is using last season's big World Series error as motivation to improve his game.

Noah Syndergaard is embracing his role as an intimidator on the mound.

Anthony DiComo has three big questions for the Mets as they begin spring training.

The scout who signed Jenrry Mejia says that the former closer is convinced that he's innocent in regards to that third failed drug test.

Around the National League East

The Braves are thinking about moving their spring training home back to Palm Beach, where they would be very close to the Mets and Port St. Lucie.

Fish Stripes previews Miami's position players for 2016.

The hype train for Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco is apparently powered by GIFs.

Who will be Washington's starting center fielder this season?

Around Major League Baseball

Houston ace Dallas Keuchel received the largest increase in salary due to arbitration this winter.

Former Mets closer Bobby Parnell joined the Tigers on a minor league deal.

The Mets' defense is one of Grant Brisbee's five spring training stories to watch in the senior circuit.

FanGraphs looks at the balls-in-play profiles of major league shortstops. Wilmer Flores comes out looking pretty good for such a young player, although he could stand to hit fewer pop-ups.

Jon Niese says he never should have pitched on the day that his son Tatum was born last year.

Baseball America writers had a tough time ranking Dominic Smith alongside a couple of other first base prospects.

We are not even a week into spring training and already Kyle Schwarber has destroyed a windshield.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Steve Schrieber interviewed cricket player Kieran Powell, who is trying to break into baseball and worked out with the Mets last month.

Kate Feldman praised the heart and loyalty of Yoenis Cespedes and Bartolo Colon.

Five years after the Mets hired Sandy Alderson to be general manager, Matt Varvaro looked back at the other candidates that were considered.

This date in Mets history

In 1962, the Mets kicked off their first ever spring training.