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Mets Morning News: Mets smash Phillies on opening day at Citi Field, raise NL championship banner

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Opening Day finally came to Citi Field on Friday, and the Mets brought their bats along. The Phillies rolled into town and found themselves on the receiving end of a 7-2 beating at the hands of a Mets team raised its National League championship banner before the game.

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Jacob deGrom picked up the win despite leaving the game early because of lat tightness. David Lennon wonders if the Mets should be concerned, and John Harper thinks they should give him plenty of time off now.

Several Mets including Neil Walker and Michael Conforto had nice days at the plate. Conforto had a particularly good line, scoring a run on two hits and collecting three RBI. Conforto is making a case for staying in against left-handed pitchers, but Terry Collins is still planning on platooning him.

David Wright will get a scheduled day off today.

In other Mets news, Mr. Met is pissed that he didn't received an NLCS ring.

The Mets also announced that Zack Wheeler would need a minor surgical operation to remove a suture that didn't dissolve after his Tommy John surgery.

Around the NL East

The Phillies remain winless in 2016.

The Braves had a tough day against the Cardinals, and they also remain winless.

A mystery president is apparently joining the Nationals' team of Racing Presidents

Marlins fans are still mourning of Tyler Kolek's Tommy John surgery.

Around the Majors

The Cubs lost Kyle Schwarber for the season after the young outfielder tore his ACL and LCL on an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler.

The Dodgers pulled pitcher Ross Stripling from the game in the middle of a no-hitter and promptly lost to the Giants.

Former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams believes he's being blackballed by MLB. It may have something to do with that time he allegedly cursed out an umpire at a little league game in front of children.

An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor got her wish granted and sang the national anthem at the Tigers game.

Yesterday at AA

Joe Sokolowski brought you This Week in Mets Quotes!

Ketul Shah broke down David Wright's pregame workout.

Lukas Vlahos previewed the Las Vegas 51s' season.

Steve Schreiber compared the Mets to Muppets. You'll never guess who was the Swedish Chef.

Aaron Yorke wondered if the Mets and Phillies will ever be good at the same time again.

And Daniel Convery wrote our first daily prospect report of the Mets' 2016 minor league season.

This Date in Mets History

Way back in 1987, Gary Carter collected his 1,000th career RBI as the Mets topped the Pirates at Shea.