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Mets Morning News: Mets swept by Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard appears on Game of Thrones

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

Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

A Sunday night, nationally televised game went pretty much as expected for this 2017 team. A Travis d’Arnaud single was the only thing that saved them from being no-hit in front of a national audience. Steven Matz seemingly got out of the first inning unscathed, but a replay overturned a call at second and the night completely fell apart from there. Matz struggled, Josh Smoker struggled, and AJ Ramos also allowed a run to score in the blowout. The Dodgers were the better team by far this entire series and this outcome was not totally unexpected.

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If you were watching Game of Thrones on Sunday over the Met game—who could blame you?—you might have seen a familiar face in the battle scene.

Steven Matz was again shelled on the mound and he is unsure where it all went wrong.

Terry Collins believes Amed Rosario is getting valuable experience when he faces tough teams like the Dodgers. The manager will also make sure the team doesn’t quit with two more months still left to play.

Justin Turner is just the latest ex-Met to come back and haunt his former team.

Jay Bruce had been absent from the lineup with a stiff neck, but he is hopeful to return to action on Tuesday.

A Bruce trade to the Yankees makes sense on paper, but it probably won’t happen.

It is becoming obvious that the Mets will be getting many “needs improvement” marks on their report card this season, and there are six areas they can focus on.

Both Terry Collins and Matt Harvey’s futures are uncertain as the Mets look ahead toward the 2018 season.

After enduring a scary attack in Salt Lake City, Logan Taylor returned to the 51’s after spending over a month on the disabled list.

Around the NL East

The Braves took the series but lost the finale to the Marlins when the offense was stymied by Jose Urena.

Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto carried the offense for Miami in their win over the Braves.

The Phillies pulled out a 3-2 win over the Rockies. Phillies great Darren Daulton passed away at the age of 55 after a battle with brain cancer.

The Nationals rallied to defeat the Cubs 9-4.

Around the Majors

Royals placed catcher Salvador Perez on the DL with a right intercostal strain.

The Mariners picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from a trade with the A’s.

The Yankees sat catcher Gary Sanchez after they were unhappy with his defense behind the plate.

The Astros rallied in the ninth for a walk-off victory against the Blue Jays.

Mike Pelfrey struggled against the Red Sox and Boston swept the White Sox for their sixth straight win.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane updated all the Mets who have cleared waivers.

This Date in Mets History

On August 7, 1963 Jim Hickman became the first Met to hit for the cycle.

Happy 30th birthday to former Met Kirk Nieuwenhuis! Captain Kirk became the first Met to hit three home runs in a game at home on July 12, 2015.