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Mets Morning News: Mr. 1013, Collins set to make Mets history

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

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Meet The Mets

The Mets were off Thursday (read: didn’t lose) but there is still plenty of news to report. They’ll start a series at home against the Los Angeles Angels tonight at CitiField.

Our beleaguered pitching staff will face maybe its toughest test in Angels outfielder and verifiable superstar Mike Trout. Joel Sherman with the New York Post thinks that our staff should just let him walk.

Terry Collins is set to become the most tenured manager in Mets history this weekend. He will surpass former record holder Davey Johnson and manage his 1,013th game this Saturday. Despite a seemingly uphill climb, Collins is determined to not let this season unravel.

It’s not all doom and gloom on the horizon, as Travis d’Arnaud, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo all pitched for St. Lucie last night. Matz started the game and pitched three innings, striking out three batters and allowing one run. Lugo entered in relief of Matz, and went two and two thirds innings while only yielding one hit. d’Arnaud caught seven innings and went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Around the NL East

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who left Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays, has a fractured wrist. He will likely spend eight weeks on the disabled list.

In an attempt at replacing Freeman - or at least occupying his roster spot, Atlanta has signed former Met James Loney.

Tanner Roark gave up seven runs in five innings as the Pirates defeated the Nationals 10-4.

Around The Majors

The Mariners honored the passing of Seattle native and music legend Chris Cornell before their game against the White Sox.

In the midst of a heated series, the Blue Jays have suspended Kevin Pillar for the use of a homophobic slur against the Braves. His forfeited salary may be donated to an LGBTQ organization.

Doug Fister has agreed to a major league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He’ll report to triple-A until he is ready to join the Angels rotation. Fister was once rumored to be connected to the Mets after being unable to sign a deal with a team before the start of the season.

Yesterday at Amazin Avenue

Matthew Callan broke down Todd Pratt’s legendary NLCS home run.

Matt Varvaro provided a lesson on the history and evolution of the Mets’ home uniforms.

This Date In Mets History

David Wright hit a walk off single against Mariano Rivera to secure a 7-6 win against the Yankees.

Happy Birthday to Turk Wendell and Rick Cerone.