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Mets Morning News: Mike Piazza knew Michael Conforto would be a star

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

Michael Conforto.
Michael Conforto.
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Meet the Mets

Mike Piazza represented the Mets at the 2014 MLB draft, when the team selected Michael Conforto. Since then, the young outfielder has impressed the Hall of Fame catcher. Former manager Bobby Valentine sees similarities between the two hitters.

Newsday looked at the early-season success of new middle infield tandem Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker.

BP Mets examined how the Mets quietly assembled a bullpen with the second-best ERA in the National League.

Meanwhile, one American League scout isn't buying the strength of the Mets' bullpen and suggests they upgrade it during the season.

A rival general manager compared Noah Syndergaard to another enormous fireballer with a lethal slider: Randy Johnson.

David Wright, who opened the season with a new leg kick in his swing, continues to adjust his hitting mechanics on the fly.

Around the NL East

After the Marlins finished a sweep of the Dodgers, second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games for PED use.

The Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals in Washington. Check out recaps from The Good Phight and Federal Baseball.

The Braves ended an eight-game losing streak, defeating the Red Sox 5-3.

Around the Majors

Grant Brisbee noted that only a moron would assume every player that breaks out late in his career, like Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, is on steroids.

Michael Fulmer, the biggest chip sent to the Tigers in the 2015 trade for Yoenis Cespedes, will make his major league debut for Detroit today.

The always-entertaining Adrian Beltre had himself one of the funniest swings you'll see all season.

Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan took a look at the teams with the most and least favorable strike zones.

Also at Fangraphs, Craig Edwards examined the incredible success Cuban rookie Aledmys Diaz has enjoyed for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Yesterday at AA

Week 3 of TWISNY includes Gary and Keith having some fun at the expense of Steve Gelbs, who overslept during the team's stay in Atlanta.

Thought to be a weakness heading into the season, the Mets' bullpen has flourished through one month of baseball.

David Wright's rest could be linked to the Mets' travel schedule, with the third baseman's days off following long flights.

This Date in Mets History

In 1984 and 1996, John Franco notched his first and 300th saves.

It's also Gary Cohen's birthday. The play-by-play man turns 58.