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Mets Morning News: Mets and Matz take down the Brewers

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Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets rebounded from two bad losses to the Nationals and beat the Brewers at Citi Field to open a new series. Steven Matz was stellar in his comeback start, pitching seven brisk innings and giving up only two runs on three hits.

Michael Conforto provided the bulk of the offense for the evening with a home run in the sixth inning that also plated Asdrubal Cabrera.

David Wright was a notable scratch from the lineup, and his absence left the Mets with a very thin infield bench consisting solely of rookie Matt Reynolds.

The Mets and Brewers go at it again today at an odd 4:10 PM start time on Saturday.

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The big story today was Matt Harvey. What's wrong with him? Scott Boras blamed Tommy John surgery. SI's Jay Jaffe undertook a more nuanced, statistical analysis of the issue, as did Fangraphs. One scout said Harvey's telegraphing his pitches. Others don't seem to understand what proves evidence of causality.

Darryl Strawberry credits Gary Carter with helping him turn his life around when he was at his lowest.

The Mets held a special Play Ball "parade" for youth baseball players before Friday's game at Citi Field.

Around the NL East

Max Scherzer was really nice to a lucky young Mets fan this week.

The Phillies promoted top prospect J. P. Crawford to Triple-A yesterday.

The Braves walloped the Phillies in their series opener.

The Marlins outhit the Nationals and somehow managed to lose 4-1.

Around the Majors

The Rangers will be building a retractable roof stadium because fans have been avoiding summer games due to extreme heat.

Yasiel Puig has been hitting an inordinately high number of pop-ups this year.

MLB may be on its way to making major changes to the strike zone and how intentional walks are issued.

Rougned Odor will apparently eat for free in Texas because he decked Jose Bautista.

Coco Crisp is selling his ridiculously nice house.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

There was a new episode of Amazin' Avenue Audio featuring an interview with Wall Street Journal reporter Andrew Beaton—check it out!

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets-Brewers series.

Joe Sokolowski brought you "This Week in Mets Quotes."

Steve Schreiber delivered a new edition of This Week in SNY.

Daniel Convery brought you the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Day in Mets History

The Mets began a seventeen-game losing streak on this date in 1962.