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.
Even so, if the rain stays away it could be a something special. The Mets already won the series, but it will take some doing to get the sweep and their ninth straight victory against Bumgarner.
Two of the Mets’ best hitters, Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda will sit against the lefty, but it is good to see Terry Collins sticking with MIchael Conforto in the No. 3 slot. Off the two, Granderson needs the rest more than Conforto, who is crazy hot.
NOTES: Interesting Cabrera is hitting second and not Conforto. … Flores got a huge cheer yesterday. Hope he gets another one today. … With the weather cold and perhaps rainy later, it’s a wise move to rest David Wright. …
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.