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Sunday started off poorly with news of Matt Harvey’s three-day suspension from the team for violating club rules. Adam Wilk got the start on short notice against the Marlins, and it did not go well. Giancarlo Stanton tagged him for two home runs and put the Mets in an early hole. The Mets’ offense didn’t have a good day, either, and when the final out was recorded all they had to show for their efforts was a Rene Rivera single.
The Mets finally face an opponent outside of the National League East as they begin a three-game series against the struggling Giants tonight at Citi Field.
The latest in the Matt Harvey saga exploded into headline news and everyone weighed in with their opinion of the situation. Jose Reyes made no excuses for his teammate, and former-Met Paul Lo Duca claimed what Harvey did was indefensible.
Ken Rosenthal believes it is time for Harvey to grow up and put these issues behind him.
Mike Vaccaro of the Post writes that this “civil war” between the Mets and Harvey has been brewing for some time.
Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record calls into question Harvey’s commitment to the team.
Buster Olney says it is up to Matt Harvey to determine what direction his career will take.
The Mets are not completely blameless in this latest embarrassment. They perhaps enabled his behavior for far too long, they mishandled the situation when the news was announced, and this is just the latest in a long line of accountability issues for the club.
The Harvey incident highlights a bigger problem the Mets have with their volatile starters.
Harvey is not going away quietly and is planning on filing a grievance against the team.
Adam Wilk had quite a marathon night of traveling in order to make Sunday’s start on short notice.
The Mets did receive a bit of good news when a MRI revealed that there wasn’t any ligament damage to Asdrubal Cabrera’s thumb.
With the starting rotation in shambles, the Mets claimed Tommy Milone off waivers.
There was a bit of drama surrounding Jay Bruce before the season started but that is the case no longer.
Around the NL East
R.A. Dickey and the Braves were trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, but they failed in their mission when they lost in extra innings.
Jose Urena and Giancarlo Stanton were the main culprits behind the Marlins’ victory.
Aaron Altherr helped lift the Phillies over the Nationals.
The Nationals’ bullpen was to blame for their loss to the Phillies.
Around the Majors
The Giants had a very bad weekend against the Reds, and to top it off their bus broke down on the way to the airport.
Tigers’ closer Francisco Rodriguez had a forgettable weekend too when he blew his fourth game of the season on Sunday.
Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon might be on board with incorporating robot umpires into the game.
Chris Sale continues to pay dividends for the Red Sox when he put in another ten strikeout performance.
The Cubs and Yankees set a new record for strikeouts in last night’s 18-inning Yankees’ win.
Yesterday at AA
Aaron Yorke wrote about Harvey’s plan to file a grievance against the team.
This Date in Mets History
The New York Avengers would have been an awesome name, but it was the Mets that became the official name of the new National League team in 1961.
In 1983, Darryl Strawberry picked up his first major league hit against the Reds at Shea.