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Mets Morning News: Mets sweep the Phillies, Wheeler on the rise

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

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Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler had a tremendous bounce-back performance and earned his first win since 2014. He kept the Phillies scoreless until the sixth inning when he left with the bases loaded. Hansel Robles came in and unfortunately gave up a grand slam to Maikel Franco to pull the Phillies to within one, but that was all they would get.

Michael Conforto had a productive game batting leadoff. He had a home run and scored three runs, and Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera had RBI hits to provide just enough offense for the win.

The Mets now travel to Miami to take on the Marlins for a four game series.

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It has been a long road back for Wheeler, but he definitely earned his first win in over two years, and he looked like he belongs in the rotation with the others.

Michael Conforto continues to be productive every time he is inserted into the lineup and he is making a case to be an every day player.

Travis d’Arnaud was hit on the hand by a pitch but he turned it into a lighthearted moment when he ran away from trainer Ray Ramirez.

It seems the F.B.I. was unable to find the real Jose Reyes, so he may find himself on the bench in the upcoming series in Miami. If he continues to struggle it won’t cost the Mets much if they choose to cut ties with him.

The Mets’ power was on full display in the series against the Phillies, and manager Terry Collins believes this team could break some home run records.

Matt Harvey will make his next start since his leg injury turned out to be minor tightness.

Around the NL East

An unfortunate accident on I-75 spilled foam Braves tomahawks all over the highway, blocking traffic. The Braves picked up their second win of the season in a come-from-behind win against the Marlins.

The Marlins lost but one intrepid fan would not let a pool get in the way of him retrieving Giancarlo Stanton’s home run ball.

Pitcher Clay Buchholz was diagnosed with a flexor pronator tear which will require a visit with Dr. James Andrews. Starter Vince Velasquez continues to be inconsistent for the Phillies.

Cardinals starter Mike Leake confounded the Nationals’ hitters and the Nationals lost their series finale to the Cardinals 6-1.

Around the Majors

A cat visited the Marlins at Marlins Park on Tuesday, and on Wednesday it was a bird that drew the attention of the Pirates at PNC Park.

Brett Gardner and Rickie Weeks Jr. were involved in a scary collision during the Rays-Yankees game.

The Blue Jays can not get out of their own way and dropped to 1-7 to start the season.

An emphasis in today’s game is to hit the ball in the air which could lead to a fourth man in the outfield.

The Cubs finally received their World Series rings and they are very sparkly.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane covered the history Yoenis Cespedes made with his three home run night at Citizens Bank Park.

This Week in SNY is back! Steve Schreiber put together the first installment of the 2017 season.

Matt Varvaro believes the time has come for the Mets to honor Ron Darling with a spot in the Mets Hall of Fame.

Rich Resch wrote about Keith Law’s updated prospect list, and a familiar name is now listed as number one.

David Capobianco updated the good news concerning Matt Harvey’s injury.

This Date in Mets History

April 13, 1962 officially marked the day National League baseball returned to New York. The ‘62 Mets played their first game at home and lost to the Pirates. Forty-seven years later, Citi Field would host its first home game on April 13, 2009 and it too witnessed a loss, this time to the Padres.

A young Tom Seaver also made his major league debut on this date in 1967. He received a no-decision in a win over the Pirates.