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Mets Morning News: The Dark Knight continues to rise despite loss, Mets will meet a familiar face against the Pirates

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were looking for a sweep of the Marlins on Sunday, but unfortunately they ran into Jose Fernandez. Fernandez was at the top of his game and faced little resistance from a struggling Mets offense. He pitched seven shutout innings and struck out fourteen. Matt Harvey, for his part, pitched well enough to win on any other day, as he went seven strong innings and gave up just the one run.

It will be a homecoming for Neil Walker as the Mets head to Pittsburgh tonight to face old friend Jonathon Niese and the Pirates.

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Even though he was the losing pitcher, Matt Harvey took away some positives in his outing.

The offense has struggled in general and not just against Jose Fernandez recently. They need to fix themselves and not rely on outside help.

Some offensive help might come in the form of Travis d'Arnaud who began his rehab assignment Sunday.

Juan Lagares was diagnosed with a sprained thumb Sunday after making an incredible catch on Saturday. He will see doctors in New York before heading to Pittsburgh.

While Pittsburgh is a homecoming for Neil Walker, it is also a reunion for the Mets who will face Jonathon Niese for the first time.

Have the Mets taken back New York?

Astromets takes a look at the players of the week in the Mets' minor league system.

Around the NL East

Promising young starter Matt Wisler struggled against the Dodgers as the Braves lost their fourth straight game.

Jose Fernandez was truly dominant against the Mets on Sunday and can be considered among baseball's best.

The Phillies defeated the Brewers 8-1 and everyone should've been in a good mood except the fan who chucked a bottle at his own player.

The Nationals were able to avoid the sweep at the hands of the lowly Reds, but Jonathan Papelbon made it interesting at the end of the game.

Around the Majors

The Dodgers designated Carl Crawford for assignment even though he is still owed a nice salary.

Jake Arrieta lost for the first time since July 2015 when the Cubs were defeated by the Diamondbacks 3-2.

Home run hitter and decent pitcher Madison Bumgarner would love to represent the Giants in the Home Run Derby.

The Cleveland Indians swept the Royals to take over first place in the AL Central.

The Orioles completed a comeback against two-thirds of the vaunted Yankees' bullpen to win 3-1.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa took a look at potential draft pick Joshua Lowe.

Bryan Brandom updated Juan Lagares's injury situation.

This Date in Mets History

In 1999, the Mets beat up on Roger Clemens and the Yankees with Mike Piazza doing the most damage in a 7-2 win. This win stopped an eight-game losing streak and the Mets would go on a 40-15 run.