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Mets Morning News: A good first Harvey Day of 2018

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets beat the Phillies 2-0 in the series opener last night. Matt Harvey had a promising first start of 2018, allowing no runs over 5 innings of work while also striking out 5. The bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, with Jeurys Familia picking up the save. Todd Frazier and Travis d’Arnaud provided the only offense for the Mets on the night, driving runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long. MLB.com, Faith and Fear in Flushing, Newsday, Post, and Daily News.

Michael Conforto is likely to make is 2018 season debut on Thursday against the Nationals.

Seth Lugo’s turn in the rotation was skipped after Monday’s game was snowed out. Last night, he came up big for the Mets out of the bullpen.

The Mets placed Anthony Swarzak on the DL and recalled Hansel Robles.

Jason Vargas will throw another simulated game this weekend as he inches closer to return from a broken bone in his hand.

Tuesday night was the unveiling of a new Matt Harvey, writes Kevin Kernan.

If you’re planning on watching the Mets-Phillies game on Wednesday afternoon, you’ll find it on Facebook Watch.

Yes, that really is Keith Hernandez on Twitter.

Around the National League East

The Nationals suffered their first defeat of the 2018 season, falling 13-6 to the Braves.

The Marlins were not able to capitalize on Jose Urena’s magnificent start, as they fell to the Red Sox 4-2 in 13 innings.

The Nationals have considered moving Bryce Harper up in the order.

Daniel Murphy is making progress, but is still a long ways off from coming back.

Around Major League Baseball

Didi Gregorious had two homers and drove in eight as the Yankees defeated the Rays in their home opener.

In his first game at Angel Stadium, Shohei Ohtani went 3-4 including his first career home run.

Christian Villanueva 3 homers led the Padres to their first win of 2018.

Fangraphs came out with their 2018 fan excitement ratings. The Mets came in at twelve.

Nelson Cruz has found himself on the DL with a sprained ankle, while the Diamondbacks Jake Lamb landed on it with a sprained AC joint.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Robert Wolff previewed the series with the Phillies.

Steve Sypa previewed the 2018 Port St. Lucie Mets.

Chris McShane has a better idea than watching the Mets on Facebook Watch. It’s listening to Howie and Josh call the game on the radio.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver made his 11th and final Opening Day start for the Mets on this date in 1983.