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Mets Morning News: Mets swept by Cubs, offense and fundamentals nonexistent

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

MLB: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

It was a lather, rinse, repeat performance for the Mets. The starting pitching was good, the offense was not, and stupid mistakes cost them a run. This time it was Steven Matz who was the tough luck loser. He pitched well and continues to look impressive so that a positive at least. The Mets now mercifully have a day off before the Orioles come to town.

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Steven Matz was the lone bright spot but one mistake cost him the game.

Jay Bruce also made an embarrassing mistake and the right fielder continues to hurt the team.

After bemoaning a lack of fundamentals in Friday night’s loss, Mickey Callaway’s team again displayed a lack of fundamentals.

Defense was never a priority the past few years and once again it showed against the Cubs.

The Mets should be getting some reinforcements this week when Todd Frazier and Anthony Swarzak make their return from the disabled list.

Last year’s first round pick, David Peterson, has been impressive with Columbia this year and he hopes to move quickly through the system.

Around the National League East

Charlie Culbertson hit another walk-off home run for the Braves, this time it was against the Nationals.

The Marlins could not get anything going against Matt Koch and the Diamondbacks.

Jake Arrieta provided the only offense in the Phillies’ loss to the Giants and he was none too pleased with how the Phillies played all weekend.

Jeremy Hellickson appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in the Nationals’ loss to the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Cardinals’ starter Michael Wacha took a no-hitter into the ninth but lost it to the first batter he faced in that inning.

Rays starter Blake Snell tied an American League record by striking out the first seven batters he faced, of course Jacob deGrom tied the major league record of eight in his rookie season.

The Mariners are now alone in first place after getting a stellar performance from Felix Hernandez.

Twins’ outfielder Eddie Rosario hit three home runs against the Indians, including a walk-off.

The draft will take place later today and pitcher Casey Mize is still projected to be taken at number one.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1998, the Mets traded Dave Mlicki and Greg McMichael to the Dodgers for Hideo Nomo and Brad Clontz.