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Mets Morning News: Matz helps himself at the plate to win the opener in LA

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Meet the Mets

The Mets used home runs from Curtis Granderson and Kevin Plawecki, an RBI single from Yoenis Cespedes, and an RBI double from Steven Matz to seal a 4-2 win. Steven Matz was sharp, allowing just a two-run home run, but otherwise stymieing the Dodgers. Jim Henderson came on and got two big outs in the eighth, after Antonio Bastardo put two runners on. The Mets continue their series in Los Angeles, with Jacob deGrom facing Alex Wood at 10:10pm.

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Travis d'Arnaud was shut down from baseball activities on Monday, signaling the continuation of a frustrating recovery process for him. Adam Rubin noted that Kevin Plawecki seems to be heating up, which is a good sign if d'Arnaud won't be back for a while.

Neil Walker is still sore and may not play again today. Walker fouled two balls off of his leg in San Diego. Michael Conforto also may not play against the left-handed Alex Wood.

Kevin Kernan noted that although Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes both were hyped-up prospects when they came into the league, their career paths have taken different turns.

Terry Collins spoke about having pitchers who can hit, and what an advantage it brings to the table. Collins suggested that it forces defenses to play back in bunting situations.

Collins also suggested that the Mets "have got to move on" from the Chase Utley slide. Collins did seem disappointed in the lack of MLB-sanctioned discipline towards Utley, however.

Bartolo Colon's first home run card from Topps broke a number of sales records for their "Now" program.

Around the NL East

The Nationals came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Tigers on a Clint Robinson home run. The bigger story was that of Bryce Harper, who came out from the dugout after being ejected and appeared to shout an expletive at the umpire. Of course, he did give a homeless woman a jar of money on Sunday, so maybe he's not all that bad?

Jose Fernandez was dominant, as the Marlins beat the Brewers 4-1. The Marlins' ace struck out eleven batters in seven scoreless innings. The Marlins did make a pretty amusing gaffe, though, when JT Realmuto passed Marcel Ozuna on the basepaths after a home run, which resulted in him being called out.

Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals agreed to a seven-year, $175 million extension. Many thought that Strasburg, as one of Scott Boras' clients, would test the open market.

Around the Majors

It appears that Jose Reyes is headed for a lengthy suspension. According to Jon Heyman, Reyes will likely lose at least sixty games.

Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees debut last night, after sitting out thirty games for domestic violence. Chapman touched 101 MPH in a non-save situation.

Andrelton Simmons tore the UCL in his thumb, and is expected to miss two months. Simmons is just another injury for the Angels, who can't seem to stay healthy.

Felix Hernandez is now the Mariners' all-time wins leader. Hernandez passes Jamie Moyer for first with his 146th win.

John Farrell won't face a suspension after coming back on the field after being ejected. Farrell went out to restrain David Ortiz after he had been ejected.

A Congressional subcommittee is looking at daily fantasy sports today. The subcommittee will not hosting a formal hearing, but rather is on a fact-gathering mission.

Yesterday at AA

Noel Purcell broke out the Player Performance Meters for this past week. You can find pitchers here, and position players here.

Timothy Finnegan looked at how the Mets fared in regards to exit velocity and launch angle in May.

Aaron Yorke previewed the series with the Dodgers. He had a simple question, "to throw or not to throw?"

Jason Mast wondered if Asdrubal Cabrera's defense is just a mirage.

Matt Varvaro took a look at the many incarnations of "Meet the Mets" throughout the years.

Matt Varvaro posted his Mind Boggler for the week, and it has to do with pitchers who have thrown one-hitters against the Mets.

This Date in Mets History

On May 10, 2000, Rickey Henderson became the twenty-first player in MLB history to have 10,000 at-bats.

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