MIAMI — The past month has been a whirlwind for Michael Conforto. On June 26, the Mets sent the young outfielder in a prolonged slump down to Class AAA Las Vegas to fix his offense. There, Conforto improved his hitting and learned a new position, right field.
Conforto returned to the Mets last week, and in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins, he made his first career start in center field and in the spacious outfield of Marlins Park. The win moved the Mets within a half-game of the Marlins for second place in the National League East.
Conforto looked like a natural on a diving catch on the Marlins’ first ball in play, and he then collected two hits. Although Steven Matz did most of the heavy lifting in the win — with some help from Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes and James Loney — Conforto’s contributions were significant.
Matz, who has pitched with a bone spur in his throwing elbow, tossed six scoreless innings and…