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Mets Morning News: David Wright goes deep after simplifying his stance

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets had another power surge in last night's game, as they went on to beat the Braves 4-0. David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, and Lucas Duda all hit home runs in the first inning, and Bartolo Colon turned in eight innings of shutout ball. The Mets continue their series with the Braves tonight at 7:10pm.

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Michael Conforto who was a finalist for NL Player of the Month, lost out to Bryce Harper. Owen Watson took a look at the Conforto phenomenon, and noted that he continues to get better at a fantastic rate. Joe Vasile also looked at Conforto, and noted that his strength is in his ability to hit the ball to all fields.

Congratulations to Bartolo Colon, who passed Pedro Martinez on the all-time wins list for Dominican pitchers! Colon is now second to only Juan Marichal.

Terry Collins is excited about the prospect of Lucas Duda getting going. Dick Scott said that Duda can carry the offense, and Collins agreed.

John Harper opined that making stolen bases a priority is the wrong thing for the Mets to do to Noah Syndergaard. Terry Collins suggested that when Syndergaard slows his pace down, it makes him more vulnerable.

Ryan Hatch noted that the Mets are taking the most first-pitch strikes of any team. Terry Collins is a fan of the approach, saying it makes pitchers "come to you."

Kevin Kernan talked to David Wright about the changes in his swing that have helped him the past week. Wright said he's trying to simplify his front leg kick.

Did Hunter Pence take a Twitter poke at Noah Syndergaard? It sure seems that way.

The stars of the hit musical Hamilton are talking about how they became Mets fans.

Around the NL East

Adam Wainwright hit one of the five Cardinals home runs, as they trounced the Phillies 10-3.

Despite the Braves being arguably the worst team in baseball, they have a bright future. Tyler Kepner notes how they're stockpiling arms, like the Mets did.

Jeff Sullivan noted that just about everything has broken right for the Phillies. The club has gotten off to a hot start, mostly due to their starting pitching.

Around the Majors

Jason Heyward missed Monday's game with a wrist injury. Joe Maddon said that he's day-to-day, but doesn't think it's a long-term issue.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is upset about the team's recent play. Cashman told reporters that if the club didn't turn it around, he'll have to "tinker."

Mark Simon looked to figure out what's wrong with Dallas Keuchel. After winning last year's AL Cy Young, Keuchel's ERA has ballooned to 5.11, and he lost again on Monday night.

Pablo Sandoval is headed for a "lengthy" recovery process, after it was revealed he needed left shoulder surgery. Sandoval had a rough year last season, and had started this year slowly.

Tim Lincecum will pitch for twenty teams on Friday. The former star pitcher has been sidelined after arthroscopic surgery. The Mets won't be going to watch Lincecum, however.

Michael Clair noted that baseball fans should look favorably on Leicester City winning the Premier League. The soccer club had 5000/1 odds of winning a title at the beginning of the season.

Yesterday at AA

Noel Purcell broke out the Player Performance Meters for this past week. You can find pitchers here, and position players here.

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets' series against the Braves.

Jonathan Maseng very impressively sought out to find all of the reference to the Mets in music.

Justin Birnbaum noted that Logan Verrett has been very valuable for the Mets, thus far.

Matt Varvaro posted his Mind Boggler for the week, and it's on the best Mets defenders.

This Date in Mets History

On May 3, 1998 one Michael Joseph Piazza made his Mets debut. Impressively, the Mets sold 13,000 tickets that day after the announcement.

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