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Mets Morning News: Mets club six home runs, Juan Lagares takes one away from Maikel Franco

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

It wasn't quite the eight home run game of last August, but the Mets played long ball to rout the Phillies 11-1 at Citizens Bank Park last night. Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Neil Walker all went deep, helping Logan Verrett, who threw six scoreless innings, obtain his first victory of the season.

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Juan Lagares made an incredible catch to rob Maikel Franco of a home run in the eighth innings. The Gold Glove Award winner claimed to be playing at 100 percent after injury concerns last season. "I feel strong...I feel like I can make those catches again."

Having slugged six home runs in the early season, Neil Walker is on pace to break Edgardo Alfonzo's team record for most home runs by a second baseman.

Jacob deGrom threw 71 pitches in a simulated game yesterday, setting up his return against the Braves on Sunday.

The Noah Syndergaard trade with Toronto already ranks among the best in franchise history, according to John Harper of the Daily News.

Around the NL East

Vince Velasquez looked human against the Mets, surrendering a pair of home runs over 4.1 innings.

After losing nine straight to open the season, the Braves have now won four in a row.

The Nationals went deep four times in the seventh innings alone, handing the Marlins a 7-0 loss.

Around the Majors

Trevor Story "isn’t going to keep hitting balls in this range at the same rate he has been so far," writes Dave Cameron of FanGraphs. The Rockies shortstop has hit eight home runs through 13 games to start his rookie campaign.

Hector Oliveira, who was arrested for alleged domestic violence, has had his paid administrative leave extended by two weeks while Major League Baseball continues their investigation. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constituiton, Olivera may be on "shaky footing" with the Braves, regardless of the investigation's results.

The Padres have three starters they can elect to trade this season, writes Marc Normandin of SB Nation.

ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling continues sharing hateful memes on his Facebook page; this time writing a blog post to defend his actions.

Yesterday at AA

David Wright's two home run game at Citizens Bank Park prompted Aaron Yorke to analyze Wright's ceiling for 2016.

Noel Purcell submitted Week 2 of the Mets' position player and pitcher performance meter.

Steve Schreiber guided us through Week 2 of This Week In SNY.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1967, Tom Seaver earned the first of his 311 career wins. Happy birthday to Sean Green, Jason Roach, and Masato Yoshii!