Morning Briefing: Rained out, again

June, 8, 2013
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The Mets should certainly be well rested for Saturday's game.

For the second straight day, the Mets were rained out on Friday. They will look to get back into the swing of things against the Marlins on Saturday, in a battle between the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the National League East.

During the course of the day, the Mets will also wrap up the 2013 MLB draft.

Saturday's news reports:

• Here's the full list of picks from the second day of the draft. Here's what the Mets had to say about the newest additions to the farm system.

• The Mets drafted Lee Mazzilli in the first round in 1973, and 40 years later they selected his son, L.J. Mazzilli, in the fourth round. Mazzilli is a second baseman who played at UConn. Read more in the Daily News, the Post, the Star-Ledger, the Record and Newsday.

Matt Harvey will start Saturday, and Jonathon Niese will go Sunday. Shaun Marcum, who was supposed to pitch Saturday, has been skipped. Read more in the Daily News, the Star-Ledger and the Record.

• The Mets are eying a debut for Zack Wheeler on Friday, June 14 against the Cubs, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. The Mets have been waiting to promote Wheeler due to the Super 2 deadline. Wheeler lasted just 4 2/3 innings on Friday in what could be his final Triple-A start. Read more in the Post and Newsday.

• Friday's rainout will be made up on Sept. 14 as part of a single-admission doubleheader that begins at 4:10 p.m. Read more in the Times.

• The Mets are promoting reliever David Aardsma, who had three saves and a 1.12 ERA with Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in the Post.

• The Marlins have surprisingly given Harvey trouble this year. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

• In the Post, Ken Davidoff writes that Wally Backman deserves a spot on a major league staff in 2014.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear in Flushing welcomes Dominic Smith.

BIRTHDAYS:: Former Mets starter/reliever Dave Mlicki turns 45. Mlicki went 24-30 with a 4.15 ERA spanning 1995-98.

YOU'RE UP: Any concerns about Wheeler's Triple-A start on Friday?

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.296 9 54 74
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 74
OPSL. Duda .817
WB. Colon 13
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173