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Mets Morning News: Harvey shelled, Nats gain game in NL East

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Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Matt Harvey was woeful over five innings, surrendering five earned runs en route to a 7-4 defeat to the Nationals. Asdrubal Cabrera and Eric Campbell went deep for the Mets, but Stephen Strasburg, Felipe Rivero, and Shawn Kelley combined to strike out 15 batters while allowing just five hits. The deciding game of this three-game series will take place at 1:05 PM EDT this afternoon.

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Terry Collins, Dan Warthen, and Sandy Alderson will meet Wednesday to discuss a course of action for Harvey.

Harvey no-showed his post-game interview last night, resulting in a vicious column from Mike Vaccaro of the Post. Collins and Kevin Plawecki were left to defend Harvey's outing, writes Maria Guardado of NJ.com.

Wilmer Flores played first base in his first rehab game, and may come off the disabled list when eligible on Friday.

Daniel Murphy launched a two-run home run off his former teammate, but has "all the confidence in the world" in Harvey's ability to throw the ball well.

Noah Syndergaard is a dominant strikeout pitcher with a top-10 groundball rate, writes August Fagerstrom of FanGraphs.

Unlike Matt Harvey, Steven Matz is pitching as advertised in his sophomore season.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times profiled Ty Kelly, who went hitless in his major league debut on Tuesday.

Around the NL East

The Phillies took a 3-1 loss to Justin Verlander and the Tigers. David Schoenfield of ESPN stated the case for the Phillies to outright release Ryan Howard. 24-year-old Tommy Joseph has hit well since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and appears ready for an everyday job.

The Marlins lost an afternoon game to the visiting Rays, despite Giancarlo Stanton's 12th home run. These aren't good times for the Marlins, both on and off the field.

The Braves managed just one run on five hits against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers, continuing the team's descent to the bottom of the NL East. The team is emphatically in rebuilding mode, as evidenced by Tuesday's trade with Baltimore for an additional draft pick.

Stephen Strasburg's recent $174 million extension looks like money well-spent, writes Eddie Matz of ESPN. Nationals manager Dusty Baker playfully warned Ben Revere of "home-run-itis" after the 5-foot-9 outfielder took Antonio Bastardo deep in Tuesday's game.

Around the Majors

Both Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed were hit in the head by pitches in Tuesday's match-up between the Diamondbacks and Pirates. Segura showed signs of a concussion at the hospital, while Ahmed was removed from the game with seam marks on his chin. As mentioned on the broadcast, Arizona and Pittsburgh have traded beanballs in the past.

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hit streak to 28 games with a long double off Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies. Since the beginning of the streak, Bradley Jr. has led the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, RBI, triples and extra-base hits.

Yasiel Puig was benched by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in the team's 8-2 drubbing of the Reds. Puig failed to run out a ball hit against the right field wall, resulting in a long single. Roberts described the mental lapse as an "isolated incident."

Chris Mitchell of FanGraphs examined Joey Gallo's minor league improvements after the 22-year-old's recent promotion. Gallo slashed .204/.301/.417 last year in his rookie season.

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was denied a 10-0 start to the season, as Josh Tomlin and the Indians notched a 6-2 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hit his 13th home run of the season, and it was a sight to behold.

Padres first baseman Wil Myers was held out of the lineup Tuesday with left forearm tightness. If Myers requires a DL stint, the team could opt to promote James Loney from Triple-A.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane delved into potential candidates to play first base in Lucas Duda's absence. There has been no timetable given for Duda's return.

Brian Salvatore shared video highlights from the Mets' 7-1 rout of the Nationals on Monday.

Brandon Nimmo went 4-for-5 in Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1979, the Mets and Pirates had a game suspended (and eventually declared a tie) due to fog.

Happy birthday to Scott Hairston, Jim Marshall, Eric Young Jr., and right-handed pitcher Chris Young!