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Mets Morning News: The Dark Knight crisis

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With the Mets' defense crumbling behind him, Matt Harvey managed just 2.2 innings on Thursday night, surrendering every Nationals run in a 9-1 loss. Washington cracked eight hits against the Dark Knight in that limited span, hanging nine runs (six earned) on him and raising Harvey's ERA to 5.77. Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 Mets, a feat that's becoming less and less impressive against the struggling New York bats. After taking the opening game, the Mets lost the three-game set against Washington 2-1.

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Things have gotten so bad for Harvey, in fact, that Nats slugger Bryce Harper "feels bad" for the Mets hurler. The pair worked out together in the offseason, and the outfielder called Harvey "one of the best in baseball."

Manager Terry Collins told reporters the organization is considering temporarily removing Harvey from the rotation.

Speaking of pitchers missing starts, Steven Matz will make his return to the rotation tonight against the Brewers. Collins said the lefty is ready for a full workload.

With a rash of injuries to corner infielders, fifth outfielder Alejandro De Aza is working out at first base to give the Mets some flexibility on defense.

Something to talk you off the ledge: Hey, remember Mike PiazzaThat guy was good, and it took two lopsided trades for his arrival in Queens.

Something else: Remember Robin Ventura? Also good. On this date 17 years ago, the Gold Glove third baseman became the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam in each game of a doubleheader.

Around the NL East

Read Federal Baseball's recap of the Mets' shellacking here.

The Pirates beat the Braves 8-2, taking their four-game series in Pittsburgh 3-1.

The Good Phight examined how to enjoy a day off, and it unsurpisingly involved debating levels of hatred for the Mets and Nationals.

Despite his struggles in Triple-A, the Marlins expect starter Jarred Cosart to return to their rotation this season.

Around the Majors

Grant Brisbee took a look at all the potential trades the Dodgers haven't made, and how standing pat turned them into contenders.

South Side Sox reviewed the first quarter of the first-place White Sox' surprising season.

Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan went deep on Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s meltingly hot streak.

Also at FG, Neil Weinberg wrote that the Pirates are as good as they were expected to be, but in an entirely unexpected way.

Yesterday at AA

Beloved longtime voice of Mets radio Howie Rose retired from his role as the Islanders' play-by-play man.

With no timetable for his return, catcher Travis d'Arnaud is rehabbing in California.

Before Harvey was drubbed on Thursday night, Timothy Finnegan noted the starter is struggling with batted ball trajectory.

This Date in Mets History

In addition to Robin Ventura's grand slam exploits of 17 years ago noted above, 49 years ago Jack Hamilton became the second Mets pitcher to hit a grand slam. In 1975, Joe Torre collected four hits, including his first home run with the Mets.