NOTE: Tonight’s Mets’ lineup has been updated to reflect David Wright being scratched. He was originally scheduled to bat second.
Well, it’s here. What we’ve all been waiting for this spring is a few hours away at Citi Field when the Mets host the Nationals. It is the first of 19 games between the teams, which figure to battle for NL East supremacy this summer unless the Phillies prove to be no fluke.
Tonight we’ll see a classic pitching duel between the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard and Washington’s Max Scherzer, the latter who is coming off a 20-strikeout performance in his last start. Of course, Syndergaard has the stuff to reach that plateau some day.
The game will also feature the return of Mets’ 2015 postseason hero Daniel Murphy back to New York and the inevitable question of whether New York will pitch to Nationals’ MVP outfielder Bryce Harper.
Lucas Duda is not playing for the Mets because of a sore lower back.
Matt Harvey is coming off his best start of the season and will attempt to start the Mets on another winning streak tonight in Denver against the Rockies.
Tonight will be Harvey’s first career start at Coors Field. You might recall he was scratched from last year’s start by Logan Verrett. The Mets enter with an 11-game winning streak against the Rockies.
COMMENTS: Isn’t it great the Mets are pretty much playing with the same lineup every game? Sure beats the juggling Terry Collins had to do in recent years because of injuries and players underperforming.
COMMENTS: Against Marlins lefty, Flores and Lagares start; MIcheal Conforto rests and Cespedes moves from center to left. … Wright leads the team in hitting. … No surprise Plawecki starts over Travis d’Arnaud at catcher. With d’Arnaud hitting .074 maybe he should sit for awhile. … Not only aren’t the Mets hitting, they aren’t drawing walks, either. … Lucas Duda on the bench today.
With game time bearing down on us, Jacob deGrom is still on as the Mets’ starter in their Citi Field opener against the Phillies. Of course, the phone could ring anytime.
You have to wonder what’s going through deGrom’s mind right about now. He’s a professional, so you’d hope his mind would be able to focus on his job. Then again, he’s human so maybe his mind and heart are in Florida with Stacey.
I don’t know, the Mets have had three days off this week so everybody is rested. Plus, they have other options in Bartolo Colon and Steven Matz so maybe the best move might have been to send him home – after all, his wife was supposed to deliver three days ago – until his mind his clear.
Then again, maybe pitching would be the best thing. We’ll know in four or five hours.