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Mets Morning News: Steven Matz unravels, Rusty Staub laid to rest

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

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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Steven Matz unraveled and unraveled quickly in the blowout loss. After the Mets took a 1-0 lead some shaky defense led to an implosion. Marcell Ozuna drove in two to give the Cardinals the lead and it was all downhill from there. Matz left after getting only one out in the fourth inning so Corey Oswalt was called upon in mop up duty. He settled in but not after some damage was done and it was just an ugly night overall in St. Louis.

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Steven Matz was cruising until his error opened the floodgates. Matz needs to learn how to let it go when things go wrong on the mound.

The Mets are in desperate need of rotation help and they will get it on Saturday when Jason Vargas makes his season debut.

Paul Sewald has developed into a real asset out of the bullpen.

The media continued to complain about Matt Harvey not wanting to speak with them.

Asdrubal Cabrera was held out of the lineup after having an issue with his hamstring pop up.

It was a sad day for friends and family of Rusty Staub as they gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to say goodbye to the beloved Met. Staub will be remembered for his charity work and his giving to others.

Around the National League East

The Braves stopped their brief skid with a rally late against the Reds.

Jake Arrieta again pitched well for the Phillies in their 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Max Scherzer helped the Nationals avoid a sweep at the hands of the Giants.

Around Major League Baseball

The Brewers placed slugger Eric Thames on the DL with a torn UCL in his thumb.

After undergoing three Tommy John surgeries, Jonny Venters made his way back to the majors when the Rays called him up from the minors.

Clayton Kershaw struggled with his command and walked six Marlin hitters.

Indians’ reliever Andrew Miller left the game early with hamstring tightness.

The Angels had the dubious honor of being the first team to use up all their mound visits.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane did a thorough analysis of Matt Harvey’s struggles for the past two years.

If last night’s game left a bad taste in your mouth, you can always re-watch Cespedes’s massive dinger from Tuesday.

Some of the Amazin’ Avenue staff had a chat about some of the pleasant surprises so far this year.

This Date in Mets History

Two Mets reached career milestones on this date. Our beloved Keith Hernandez reached 1,000 career RBIs with a seven-RBI night against the Braves in 1988. Mike Piazza was a Padre when he hit his 400th career home run in 2006.