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In Sunday's rubber match against the Phillies, Matt Harvey and the bullpen struggled a bit in a 5-2 loss. The Mets' offense struggled, too. Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run of the year, but that was all the Mets could muster against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies' bullpen. The Mets will look to turn things around tonight with Steven Matz getting his first start of the year against the Marlins.
Despite the offensive struggles against the Phillies, the Mets are not boarding the bus to Panic City quite yet.
The Mets might not be worried about the offense, but the Post wonders if it is time to worry about Matt Harvey.
The starting rotation depth will be tested this year especially since Jacob deGrom has already been scratched from his next start.
The bullpen, however, might be gaining depth as Josh Edgin continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.
It has been a tough week for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies who lost on a third walkoff in four games.
Around the National League East
The first time through the rotation, the Phillies pitching staff looks solid.
Tom Koehler started strong for the Marlins before the bullpen faltered, surrendering three runs to the Nationals and sealing their fate.
It was a tough weekend for the Braves who got swept by the Cardinals. Poor defense contributed to the losses, and the Braves are already considering moving on from the newly acquired Erick Aybar at short. To add injury to insult, reliever Daniel Winkler had to be removed from the game after fracturing his elbow.
Around Major League Baseball
The Giants signed first baseman Brandon Belt to a five-year extension worth $73 million.
Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue
In episode 180 of Amazin' Avenue Audio, Chris McShane talks to Karl Ravech of ESPN about the Mets rotation and their upcoming series with the Marlins and Jeffrey and Greg take us to Binghamton during a snowout.
Chris McShane reported on Jacob deGrom getting scratched and Logan Verrett getting the start in his place.
This Date in Mets History
After getting rained out the day before, the Mets made their debut in 1962 in St. Louis. Gus Bell recorded the first Mets hit and Gil Hodges hit the first Mets home run but the team lost 11-4 against the Cardinals.
In 1985, Roger McDowell was the winning pitcher against St. Louis in his major league debut.