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Mets Morning News: Sleeping with the fishes

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The Mets dropped their fourth straight, as they lost to the Marlins 2-0. Steven Matz made his return from the injured list but lasted just 3 23 innings due to a pitch limit. He struck out six batters over that span. Meanwhile, the Mets were held to just one hit by Pedro Lopez.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Daily News, Post, Newsday, MLB.com, Bergen County Record.

This stretch of poor play has left Mickey Callaway very much in the hot seat. “I don’t think about that,” Callaway said when asked about his job being in danger. “All I’m worried about is improving the players.”

But Callaway’s firing feels “inevitable” at this point, writes Joel Sherman.

However, Callaway’s firing is apparently not imminent and he will not lose his job this weekend, Matt Ehalt reports.

John Harper feels that Callaway should have benched Robinson Cano yesterday for his “lack of hustle” on Friday, in order to make a “statement.”

Steven Matz felt good in his first outing coming back from the injured list. “There was nothing holding me back at all,” he said.

Mike Vaccaro wrote about the lingering legacy of Ron Swaoda’s epic catch.

Around the National League East

Aaron Nola struck out a dozen batters in the Phillies’ 2-1 victory over the Rockies.

Stephen Strasburg tossed eight strong innings in the Nationals’ 5-2 win over the Cubs.

Freddie Freeman hit a walk-off home run off Josh Hader in the tenth inning to lift the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Brewers.

The Braves released Jonny Venters, who won NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2018.

It’s likely the Marlins will replace Don Mattingly after this season, reports Ken Rosenthal.

Around Major League Baseball

Mike Trout crushed a Jakob Junis fastball for his 250th career home run.

The Padres are apparently seeking a front-end starter and asked Cleveland about Trevor Bauer.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Ken Lavin gave us the Daily Prospect Report, in which the St. Lucie Mets were the only farm team to pull off a victory.

Liam Murphy covered the corresponding roster move for the activation of Steven Matz.

This Date in Mets History

In happier times for the Mets franchise, David Wright walked it off against Mariano Rivera on May 19, 2006.