Get your morning dose of Mets' beat writers.Adam Rubin talks Johan Santana and All-Star Game in "Mets hope Johan Santana stays out All-Star Game and Phillies to comply".
In fact, the Mets prefer that Santana goes unused in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic. The Phillies' coaching staff, which is running the NL operation, appears willing to comply with the wishes of its rival.
"If we can stay away from him, we'll try to, unless we get into a bind," Philadelphia pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "Unless it gets into extra innings and stuff and we have to use him, we're going to try to stay away from him."
Kevin Kernan quotes Derek Jeter and Frankie Rodriguez in "Optimism for Mets, Yankees".Mark Hale discusses Pedro Martinez's potential signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in "Pedro Looks Sharp As Phils Deal Nears".Steve Popper writes about the need for the injured Mets to recover quickly in "The Mets' second-half key: their doctor".
For the Mets to make something of the season, Altchek must manage to find a way to get the Mets’ long line of injured pieces back on the field. Though Altchek may be unable to work miracles, the simple fact is that the Mets aren’t going anywhere if those players don’t get on the field quickly. And so far it hasn’t been quickly.
Bob Klapisch looks at the comparisons between Doc Gooden and Tim Lincecum in "Gooden sees self in Lincecum".
Dwight Gooden can’t help but smile whenever he sees a clip of Tim Lincecum’s curveball. Big and aggressive, with a looping 12-to-6 trajectory, the pitch is practically extinct in the major leagues – which is why Gooden feels such kinship.
Mark Herrmann takes a look at Citi Field  and the new Yankee Stadium in "A tale of two new ballparks".
The new homes for the Yankees and Mets sure were the talk of the town, as expected. It's just that the clubs who built the stadiums (or, as they prefer, a stadium and a ballpark) never imagined the conversation would be about obstructed views, empty seats, muted tradition and, above all, too many or too few home runs.  
Ken Davidoff catches up with Met All-Stars Johan Santana, David Wright and Francisco Rodriguez in "All-Stars K-Rod, Johan, Wright talking good game".