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Mets Morning News: Mets combine great pitching and hitting to beat Braves

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Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Steven Matz continued to build on his success since his poor first start of the season. He shutout the Braves over 7.2 innings while striking out eight and allowing just two hits. The offense matched his strong performance with four home runs by Rene Rivera, Asdrubal Cabrera, and two by Lucas Duda. Jim Henderson and Addison Reed finished the game to give the Mets an 8-0 victory.

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Over his past four starts, Matz has a 0.67 ERA. Mark Simon looked into how he has been so successful.

Could Lucas Duda be heating up as the calendar moves into May? After yesterday's game, Duda has three home runs over the past three games.

After another bad start, Matt Harvey is still trying to understand why he has pitched so poorly this season. Scott Boras repeatedly referenced "unknowns" while discussing the topic.

Mets' Low-A third baseman David Thompson was the subject of ESPN New York's farm report. Thompson is off to a solid start, as he is tied for the lead in RBI across the minor leagues.

In his column listing facts and fictions from the first month of the season, Ken Rosenthal listed as fact Michael Conforto emerging as one of MLB's elite young talents.

Based on the first month of the season, Grant Brisbee believes the Mets had the best offseason of any team.

BP Mets wonders if the Mets' infield will be the MVPs of the team in 2016.

Around the NL East

Read a recap of yesterday's game from the Braves perspective at Talking Chop.

The Nationals hammered the Royals 13-2. Stephen Strasburg went six innings and struck out seven while allowing two runs. Daniel Murphy led the offense with a four-for-five day, including his fourth home run of the season. Bryce Harper also added a home run.

The Phillies fell to the Cardinals by a score of 5-4. Ryan Howard and Odubel Herrera both hit home runs for Philadelphia.

The Marlins defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3. They scored all four runs in the second and third innings, including Giancarlo Stanton's ninth home run of the season. Jose Fernandez allowed three runs over five innings.

Around MLB

According to Outside the Lines, Major League Baseball will announce another suspension due to PED use soon. Apparently, it is just one out of group of cases that are being processed.

Rangers prospect Joey Gallo will be out with a groin strain for three to four weeks. Known for his power, Gallo has hit seven home runs thus far in 2016.

Alex Rodriguez landed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The injury occurred while running out a ground ball during Tuesday's game.

The Dodgers suspended infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the 2016 season due to failure to comply with his contract. He received a lengthy suspension for the same reason last year as well.

Yesterday at AA

Andrew Gould wrote further about the dominance of Steven Matz.

Linda Surovich put together video highlights from yesterday's Mets victory.

This Date in Mets History

In 2004, Mike Piazza set the record for most career home runs by a catcher. The record was previously held by Carlton Fisk.