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Mets Morning News: Steven Matz dominates, Curtis Granderson stays hot

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

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz was the story in Wednesday’s win against the Marlins. He pitched seven strong innings against a pesky Marlins lineup and gave the Mets a performance they desperately needed.

The offense got going right away against Miami starter Jeff Locke when they scored three runs in the first. They tacked on in the late innings against the Marlins’ bullpen with both Curtis Granderson and Brandon Nimmo delivering big hits.

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Curtis Granderson hit another long home run and has managed to overcome his dreadful start to the season.

Despite not wanting to be a second baseman, Asdrubal Cabrera has looked pretty good on the other side of the diamond and has backed off his trade demands.

As expected Robert Gsellman ended up on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Despite the rash of injuries this team has suffered, assistant GM John Ricco found no fault with the training staff which probably isn’t the best idea.

With Gsellman sidelined, Rafael Montero will get yet another chance to prove himself in the big leagues.

Neil Walker is one of the injured Mets who hopes to return sooner rather than later.

The Mets are being extra cautious with Michael Conforto’s wrist injury since it might end up affecting his swing.

Tim Tebow played in his first game since his promotion and hit a home run for the St. Lucie Mets.

Around the NL East

Bartolo Colon’s return to San Diego was not as memorable as an Atlanta Brave. He gave up six runs in the Braves 7-4 loss.

The Marlins could host a fire sale and both Justin Bour and Martin Prado have been targeted by teams in the AL East.

The Phillies had not won a road series since April but they changed that when they defeated the Mariners in the final game of their series 5-4.

The Nationals pounded the Cubs in an 8-4 victory.

Around the Majors

A simply incredible story in Pittsburgh. MLB umpire John Tumpane intervened when a woman attempted to jump from the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

The Cubs season has not gone like they had hoped and it is only getting worse. First they designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment after he blasted the pitching staff for not holding runners (although he does share the blame). Then Kris Bryant left the game against the Nationals after he twisted his ankle on the third base bag when he attempted to catch a popup.

The slumping Rockies were swept by the lowly Giants but the loss was an afterthought to Nolan Arenado’s absolutely ridiculous play in the field.

In a bit of a surprise move, the Cardinals sent Aledmys Diaz, their promising young shortstop, to the minor leagues.

Is it time for the Tigers to part ways with longtime ace Justin Verlander?

Yesterday at AA

Alex Lamport wrote about how Michael Conforto’s injury could be worse than the Mets initially thought.

Jonathan Maseng covered Gsellman’s placement on the DL, and Matt Reynolds’s return from Vegas.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver reached two different milestones on this date. First in 1969, he passed Al Jackson to become the Mets all-time leader in wins. He did it with a complete game victory against the Pirates. Two years later in 1971, he struck-out 13 Phillies in a 4-0 shutout. His strikeout in the seventh inning was the 1,000th of his career.