• Catcher John Buck's 14 RBIs entering Wednesday are the second-most by any Mets player in franchise history over the first eight games of a season, trailing only Darryl Strawberry's 15 over the first eight games of 1987. Buck entered Wednesday's play leading the National League in RBIs, three behind Major League leader Chris Davis of the Orioles. He added another Wednesday with a homer in the second.
• Though Zack Wheeler struggled with his command Tuesday in his second start for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing four runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings, two other Mets pitching prospects shined. Right-hander Rafael Montero struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton, taking a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Erie, while fellow right-hander Luis Mateo fanned nine over 6 2/3 shutout innings in his debut for Class A St. Lucie.
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