Wheeler Gets First Win Since 2014, Conforto Hits Second Homer

Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park it was a tale of two New York teammates as the Mets held on to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies in a precarious 5-4 win.

Zack Wheeler recovered from a forgetful return to the mound in his second start with five innings of shutout ball before a rough sixth inning, picking up his first win since 2014 after Hansel Robles almost threw it all away.

Wheeler was pulled with a 5-0 lead after walking Odubel Herrera to load the bases with two outs in the sixth. Maikel Franco then took Robles’ first pitch for a 409 ft. grand slam to center to make it a one run game.

And while Wheeler is finding his footing back in the majors, Michael Conforto is doing everything to avoid traveling to baseball stadiums on a bus.

Terry Collins put Conforto in the lead off spot and the kid looking to remain on the roster, put his manager in an awkward position.

With a homer, single and three runs scored, the big question remains – how do you keep Conforto down on the farm?

In an already overcrowded outfield a manager could have worse problems than where to put a young player who is long to be in the lineup. If Conforto continues to be all that, he will be a kept man.

For now the Mets are sitting pretty with a four-game winning streak. Two of their reconstructed pitchers look like shades of their former selves, Jay Bruce is swinging a hot bat, and Addison Reed is filling in fine for Familia.

Yeah, Jose Reyes may need a day or two off to get out of his not hitting head, but like I said, things could be way worse for Collins.

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Sue Kolinsky is a writer, 3 time Emmy nominated producer, and former stand up comedian of 20 years. She has written on Sex and the City, and The Ellen Show, along with producing stints on The Osbournes, Top Chef, and most recently, Last Comic Standing." Her love of baseball began at the age of nine when her oldest brother introduced her to Willie Mays, and continued after her favorite uncle secured season box seats at Shea. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two grown dogs.