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Mets Morning News: Mets drop opener to the Marlins as Wheeler falters

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets started off strong, but things fell apart fast in their 7-2 loss to the Marlins. Zack Wheeler returned to the mound and gave up five runs in four innings. It was not the way the Mets had hoped to start their series off against the Marlins. The series continues later today as Robert Gsellman takes the mound for the Amazins.

Choose your recap: Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, New York Post, Daily News, Newsday, NY Times, Bergen Country Record,, ESPN,, or Faith and Fear in Flushing.

80-year-old Phil Regan threw batting practice for the Mets before the game.

The Mets have called up Paul Sewald and designated Ty Kelly for assignment.

Terry Collins isn’t worried about Jose Reyes’ slow start.

The Mets have been considering signing veteran pitcher Doug Fister.

Rene Rivera got the start over Travis d’Arnaud against the Marlins.

The best spots to catch home runs at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.

Around the NL East

The Braves lost to the Pirates and also lost Matt Kemp, who left the game early with a leg issue.

The Phillies took on the Nationals and came up just short.

Around MLB

Yadier Molina will not face punishment after a bizarre incident in which a baseball stuck to his chest protector during a game, presumably due to a foreign substance. Buster Olney, for one, believes Molina is Hall of Fame worthy.

The change from PITCHf/x to Statcast has caused the velocity of pitches to be clocked at higher speeds this year.

Rich Hill was sent to the disabled list with blisters.

Javier Baez had to leave the Cubs game after a scary collision with Jason Heyward.

The Orioles have acquired Miguel Castro from the Rockies.

You’ll be able to snack on toasted grasshoppers at Safeco Field this season — if you’re into that sort of thing.

Suspended Reds prospect Ian Kahaloa was so stupid that he recorded himself snorting what appears to be cocaine and uploaded the video to his Snapchat feed.

Shohei Ohtani, often called Japan’s Babe Ruth, has indicated he will attempt to come to MLB next season, despite the major financial blow he’ll take.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Marlins series.

Joe Sokolowski was back with “This Week in Mets Quotes.”

Chris McShane looked back at what lead to Zack Wheeler’s return last night. He also gave a brief review of Pitch Talks.

Timothy Finnegan looked more deeply at the effect of the PITCHf/x to Statcast change.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets played against the Montreal Expos in the Expos’ first-ever game on this date back in 1969. It also happens, by strange coincidence, to be the late, great Gary Carter’s birthday. Carter, of course, found fame with both teams.