Red-hot Michael Conforto not in Mets lineup vs. Pirates

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After playing in 31 straight games, starting 30, Michael Conforto was out of the Mets starting lineup Sunday night. The left fielder has hit five home runs and driven in 11 runs in his last 12 games, but Collins said he had to get him a day off his feet.

“I wanted him to play tomorrow at home,” Terry Collins said. “We had a choice tonight or tomorrow and I think (Neil Walker) is going to be off tomorrow, we already predetermined that.

“I didn’t want to take too many starters out for tomorrow’s game,” Collins said. “So tonight would be the night.”

Conforto’s emergence after struggling last season is the reason the Mets’ offense has been able to thrive even it has been without Yoenis Cespedes for the last month. Cespedes, who was rehabbing from a strained left hamstring, was temporarily shut down with right quad soreness until at least Tuesday.

Terry Collins left searching for answers after more Mets setbacks

But the Mets are still seventh in the National League in runs scored and among the leaders in baseball in hits with runners in scoring position.

The red-hot Michael Conforto is getting a night of rest.

The red-hot Michael Conforto is getting a night of rest.

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“We’re still leading the league with runners in scoring position,” Collins said. “He’s just a dynamic player. He makes a big difference. But because we have experience we’ve handled it.”


Zack Wheeler was fine after having developed a blister during his start on Saturday night and is still expected to make his scheduled start on Thursday.

“He’s fine,” Collins said. “They popped the blister last night. ….It was huge. It looked like another nail. It was all filled with blood.”

Yoenis Cespedes shut down after experiencing quad soreness

Wheeler has a history of blisters on that finger and he was not concerned about it affecting him down the line.  

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