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The SNY broadcast team for Mets game, from

The SNY broadcast team for Mets game, from left: Ron Darling, coordinating producer Gregg Picker, Gary Cohen, director Bill Webb and Keith Hernandez at Citi Field on May 30, 2012. Credit: David Pokress

Strip away the non-essentials and let’s face it: SNY exists to carry Mets games. Thus it makes sense to squeeze every possible ounce of programming out of them.

Voila: The network this season will add “Mets First Pitch’’ at 6 p.m. for 7 o’clock games, a half-hour before the traditional 6:30 pregame show.

(The debate program “Wheelhouse’’ will be cancelled effective April 1.)

Like YES’ “Yankees Batting Practice,’’ the earlier program will allow for longer-form elements such as interviews, features, instructional segments with SNY analysts and more of manager Terry Collins’ pregame media sessions.

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