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Mets Morning News: Mets get swept in the desert, Matt Harvey slowly progresses

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Matt Harvey’s command was still lacking in his start against the Diamondbacks, but he managed to limit the damage to three runs. Robert Gsellman pitched an inning out of the bullpen and gave up the tying run, and Rafael Montero gave up a walk-off home run to Chris Herrmann in the eleventh. Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares hit home runs for the Mets, but it simply wasn’t enough and the Mets failed to win a single game on this road trip.

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Despite the lack of command, Harvey felt this start was a step forward, and he even showed flashes of his former self. Still, this is a diminished Matt Harvey from where he was pre-surgery.

Rafael Montero once again doomed the Mets in the 11th inning because Terry Collins felt he was his only option.

The bullpen continues to be one of the major flaws with this team, and it needs to be addressed before any other radical changes are made.

Mental mistakes continue to pile up, as do the losses, which puts the Mets’ season in a precarious position.

The team is limping home after a disastrous road trip, but they hope getting healthy will turn their fortunes around.

The amount of injuries the Mets have suffered is almost comical, so the New Yorker turned it into a comic strip.

Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding this team, there are several positives that have developed in the first two months of the season.

Around the NL East

It was a bittersweet win against the Blue Jays for the Braves. They won the game but lost slugger Freddie Freeman to a wrist injury.

The Marlins lost to the Astros despite Jose Urena having a solid start. To address the lack of depth in the rotation, the Marlins are considering making David Phelps a starter.

The Phillies lost again to the Rangers by a score of 9-3.

Pirates’ starter Gerrit Cole was too much for the Nationals to handle and as a result they lost 6-1.

Around the Majors

Tension is always high between the Giants and Dodgers, but things got even more heated when Giants’ starter Johnny Cueto threw inside to Dodgers’ catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones gave a generous donation to the Negro League Museum to make sure their valuable work continues.

Catch Probability is a stat that can help fans appreciate both the great catches and the great catches that look routine.

Trips to the disabled list have increased significantly this season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean injuries are also on the rise.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon unfortunately tested positive for testicular cancer.

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Happy Birthday Nelson Figueroa!