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Mets Morning News: Steven Matz placed on IL, Dominic Smith recalled from Triple-A

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were off but they still had an eventful day. Steven Matz was finally placed on the injured list and Dominic Smith was recalled from Triple-A to take his roster spot.

The Mets changed their minds about Jed Lowrie’s readiness and he will remain in Syracuse through the weekend.

If the team wants to turn its fortunes around, they will need a repeat performance from Pete Alonso who backed up his talk in San Diego.

Now is the time for them to save their season as their upcoming schedule is against opponents who are under .500.

One writer argued that Robinson Cano deserves to be in the Hall of Fame despite the PED suspension.

Todd Frazier knows he is struggling right now and that he has to start producing if he wants to stay in the lineup.

According to some scouts from the American League, the Mets have the best bullpen in the division.

Tim Tebow was mired in a deep slump but he came up with a big hit for Syracuse that helped them win the game.

Stetson University has produced two Cy Young winners and they are making a big push to continue that trend.

Nolan Ryan was not a Met for long but he has fond memories from the 1969 World Series.

Here is some fantastic news. After waiting two years for a new kidney, Ed Kranepool underwent successful transplant surgery earlier in the week.

Around the National League East

After taking the lead in the ninth inning, the Braves’ bullpen gave the run right back in the bottom of the inning. They were walked off in the 10th to lose to the Diamondbacks 3-2.

The Marlins managed to draw eight walks against the Cubs but could not capitalize in their 4-1 loss.

Rhys Hoskins is having a fine season for the Phillies right now and the key might be the ability to hit sliders.

The Nationals are severely underperforming this year and while there are many contributing factors one of the main issues is their defense. Washington snapped their losing streak with a 6-0 win over the Dodgers.

Around Major League Baseball

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has pledged to donate to anti-violence charities every time he steals a base.

After Yusei Kikuchi was caught with a substance under his hat, MLB has decided it will not penalize him for it.

Buscones in South America are pushing for an international draft to help ease the burden of thirteen-year-olds who are pressured into signing major league contracts.

Dee Gordon was struck on the wrist with a pitch and was not happy with J.A. Happ after the game.

Albert Pujols reached 2,000 career RBIs when he blasted a home run against the Tigers.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 5 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show) Brian and Allison discuss the catching situation and bench coach Jim Riggleman.

Chris McShane thinks this recent rough stretch might be what this team actually is. Also the terrible road trip has further eroded the fans’ confidence in the team.

Liam Murphy covered the Steven Matz news.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2000, Rickey Henderson stepped to the plate in the sixth inning which became his 10,000th career at-bat.