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Mets Morning News: Matz struggles in rough outing against Nationals

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz had a rocky day on a windy mound as the Mets feel to the Nationals in spring training.

Matz wasn’t concerned by his poor outing, and Mickey Callaway said he wasn’t either, though he pointed out he likes to see consistency in his starters.

Dominic Smith is in great shape, but he knows that he’ll need to prove himself on the field.

Pete Alonso got to bring the lineup card to the umpires before the game.

Anthony DiComo has three questions for the Mets to answer before the end of spring training.

The Daily News managed to snag an interview with Jerry Grote, the catcher for the Miracle Mets.

Is Zack Wheeler the pitcher from the first half of 2018, the second half, or somewhere in between?

The most serious charges against Lenny Dykstra were dropped after he agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and pay a fine.

Around the National League East

The Phillies hope that the foot injury that caused Bryce Harper to leave Friday’s game will be nothing major.

Gabe Kapler shared the story of a Phillies fan who was killed on the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The Braves came up short against the Marlins in spring training action.

Michael A. Taylor will be out for a while after injuring himself in a game against the Twins this week.

Around Major League Baseball

Luis Severino is out until at least May, in a big blow to the Yankees.

The Twins and Kyle Gibson are talking about a contract extension.

AJ Hinch was not happy about being tossed from the Astros game by umpire Angel Hernandez.

Minor league players told the Athletic that they’re struggling to afford basic expenses on their salaries.

FiveThirtyEight examined the potential impact of a DH on the National League.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos previewed Eric Hanhold’s season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1961, the Mets were issued a bond to help build what would become Shea Stadium.