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Mets Morning News: Lessons from Opening Day

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets will have some difficult choices to make in the outfield when Michael Conforto is ready to start.

Can Robert Gsellman thrive in a bullpen role this season?

Mickey Callaway’s Mets were disciplined at the plate on opening day, but what challenges await them in the coming weeks?

Jay Bruce talked to Billy Heller about his favorite things to do in NYC.

The Mets appear to have a new team celebration.

The Mets’ international bonus pool money is slightly up from last season.

Around the National League East

The Phillies had to send Pat Neshek to the DL with a shoulder strain.

The Braves, meanwhile, lost Tyler Flowers to the DL with an oblique strain.

The Nationals picked up a 2-0 win over the Reds to open the season.

The Marlins and Cubs paid tribute to the 17 victims of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School before their game. Their game then proceeded to last 17-innings.

Around Major League Baseball

Troy Tulowitzki needs surgery to remove bone spurs and is expected to miss eight weeks.

The Yankees were forced to place Aaron Hicks on the DL with an intercostal muscle strain.

Joe Panik continued to provide all the offense the Giants needed.

The Marlins and Cubs weren’t the only team to head into extra innings for their season opener. The Tigers lost to the Pirates in 13 after having a walk-off hit overturned.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague offered up a cure for your Opening Day hangover.

Robert Wolff detailed the Mets’ walk-up music so far for 2018.

Lukas Vlahos continued his State of the Mets series.

Chris McShane looked back at Robert Gsellman’s excellent relief appearance.

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

This Date in Mets History

The Mets beat the Phillies in a 14-inning marathon on this date in 1998 to open the season. It was one of the longest opening day games in National League history, until the Marlins played the Cubs last night.