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Mets Morning News: With Matz on DL, Mets set to begin series against Cardinals

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets had no game on Monday for the second time in three weeks, but the day was busy as the team prepares for crucial series against the St. Louis Cardinals. A sweep of the Cardinals could greatly improve the Mets’ playoff hopes, but a sweep by the Cardinals could prove to be the nail in the Mets’ coffin.

The Mets placed Steven Matz on the DL, retroactive to August 15, and called up Robert Gsellman to take his roster spot. Seth Lugo will likely pitch in Matz’s spot this Thursday.

They also put Neil Walker on paternity leave and called up T.J. Rivera in his absence.

Noah Syndergaard appears to have a new trick up his sleeve to catch runners who try to steal on him.

Doc Gooden reacted angrily to Darryl Strawberry’s comments that he was using drugs again. A statement issued by Gooden’s son, however, thanked Strawberry, and notably didn’t deny the charges leveled by Strawberry and Gooden’s ex-girlfriend Janice Roots that he’s using again.

Brandon Nimmo made MLB Pipeline’s prospect team of the week.

Terry Collins admitted that the Mets’ bullpen, particularly certain individuals, may have been overtaxed this season.

Around the NL East

The Diamondbacks beat the Braves on a walk-off home run by Paul Goldschmidt.

The Nationals lost their series opener to the Orioles, but Dusty Baker was impressed by AJ Cole’s pitching. The Nationals also placed Stephen Strasburg on the DL with elbow soreness.

The folks over at The Good Phight put together a list of Phillies series this year that might still be worth watching, including their September 22-25 tilt against the Mets and “sentient, extremely full garbage bag Jose Reyes.”

The Marlins are apparently interested in working a waiver-wire trade for Jeff Francoeur.

Around MLB

The Dodgers’ Josh Reddick injured his finger while ordering room service.

Billy Butler got a concussion after being punched by A’s teammate Danny Valencia in an argument over shoes.

Boston rookie Andrew Benintendi made a spectacular catch to rob the Blue Jays of a home run.

Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez has been hitting a lot of home runs.

The Texas Rangers want to use a hotel tax to help fund their new stadium, a controversial and increasingly popular practice that some are saying amounts to taxation without representation.

If Tony La Russa is on his way out in Arizona, he’s not going quietly.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane handled the Player Performance Meters for both pitchers and position players.

Steve Schreiber brought you another installment of This Week in SNY.

Matt Varvaro had the Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Steve Sypa delivered the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

In 2009 the Mets and Phillies participated in a game that featured both an inside-the-park home run and an ultra-rare unassisted triple play.