Apr 08

April 8, Mets-Phillies Lineups; DeGrom Still On

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.

mets-logoball-2You 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.

Until then, here are the lineups:

METS

Curtis Granderson, RF

David Wright, 3B

Yoenis Cespedes, CF

Lucas Duda, 1B

Neil Walker, 2B

Michael Conforto, LF

Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

Travis d’Arnaud, C

Jacob deGrom, RP

PHILLIES

Freddy Galvis, SS

Cesar Hernandez, 2B

Odubel Herrera, CF

Ryan Howard, 1B

Andres Blanco, 3B

Cedric Hunter, RF

Cameron Rupp, C

Emmanuel Buriss, LF

Jerad Eickhoff, RP

ON DECK: My favorite Opening Day memory. 

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Apr 08

Mets List: Home Opener Starting Pitchers

A feature I want to establish this year will be a Mets List, to run on Friday’s. Today’s topic is Mets’ starting pitchers for their home opener:

2015: Jacob deGrom

2014: Dillon Gee

2013: Jon Niese

2012: Johan Santana

2011: R.A. Dickey

2010: Santana

2009: Mike Pelfrey

2008: Oliver Perez

2007: John Maine

2006: Tom Glavine

2005: Glavine

2004: Steve Trachsel

2003: Glavine

2002: Al Leiter

2001: Kevin Appier

2000: Mike Hampton (at Tokyo)

1999: Bobby Jones

1998: Jones

1997: Mark Clark

1996: Jones

1995: Bret Saberhagen

1994: Jones

1993: Dwight Gooden

1992: Gooden

1991: Gooden

1990: Gooden

1989: Gooden

1988: Ron Darling

1987: Bob Ojeda

1986: Gooden

1985: Gooden

1984: Darling

1983: Tom Seaver

1982: Randy Jones

1981: Pat Zachary

1980: Craig Swan

1979: Swan

1978: Jerry Koosman

1977: Seaver

1976: Seaver

1975: Seaver

1974: Koosman

1973: Seaver

1972: Seaver

1971: Seaver

1970: Koosman

1969: Seaver

1968: Koosman

1967: Don Cardwell

1966: Jack Fisher

1965: Al Jackson

1964: Fisher (first Opening Day at Shea)

1963: Roger Craig (at Polo Grounds)

1962: Sherman Jones

ON DECK:  My favorite Opening Day.

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Apr 08

Mets In The Morning

The Mets’ home opener is a few hours away. There will be a lot on the blog this morning, with the items including:

* Mets List: A list of every Met pitcher who started a home opener.

* My favorite Opening Day ever.

* Jacob deGrom update.

* Pregame notes.

* Game preview.

* Lineups.

* Game wrap.

* And, of course, breaking news as it happens.

ON DECK: Mets List: List of Mets home opener starters.

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Apr 08

Today In Mets’ History: Last Opening Day At Shea

On this day in 2008, the Mets lost 5-2 to the Phillies – today’s opponent – in the final home opener at Shea Stadium.

In one of the great ironies in Mets’ history, the Phillies’ starter and winning pitcher that day, 46-year-old Jamie Moyer, was older than Shea itself.

Oliver Perez, one of the scorned names in franchise lore, started that day for the Mets. Another left-hander who would frustrate the team, Scott Schoeneweis, blew the save opportunity and took the loss.

The Mets’ combustible bullpen would symbolize the team that year as the club blew 29 save opportunities, tied for second-worst number in the majors behind Seattle.

The previous year the Mets blew a seven-game lead with 17 games to play. In 2008, they blew the 3.5 game lead they had as late as Sept. 10. And, for the second straight year, the Mets were eliminated on the season’s final weekend at home to Miami.

ON DECK: Mets In The Morning

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Apr 07

Mets Matters: Players Get Rings

The Mets received their 2015 NL Championship rings this afternoon in a low profile ceremony at Citi Field.

Mike Cuddyer came to New York at David Wright‘s invitation – the team should have made the offer – and the club flew up Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin from Port St. Lucie.

Wright told reporters: “All of us will wear that proudly. But at the same time, it’s time to move on. After we get the rings, it’s officially last year. We need to start worrying about this year. So, I think, it’s a nice cherry on the top.
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“Obviously, we could spend all day reflecting on the success that we had last year and the run and how much fun we had on the baseball field. But I think the flip side of that is it gives you a little motivation. That second-place ring is not what anybody in here wants. It’s that’s first-place ring. So I think it reminds you that you’re still working for that.”

DeGROM STILL IN LINE TO START

Jacob deGrom is still on for starting Friday’s home opener against Philadelphia because his wife, Stacey, still hasn’t delivered.

The baby was due Tuesday when the Mets were in Kansas City.

If deGrom makes it, it will be his second straight home-opener start. He will be followed by Bartolo Colon, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz Monday against Miami.

If deGrom returns to Florida, Colon will start.

PIAZZA’S DAD WANTS JERSEY

Mike Piazza’s father, Vince, told The York Post his family might buy back the jersey at auction and will donate it to the Hall of Fame.

“My God, it’s not right what is going on here,’’ Vince Piazza said. “That thing belongs in the Hall of Fame. It belongs to all the fans of baseball. That home run was so important, not only for New York, but for the entire country.

“When Mike hit that home run, it lit the whole city up again. The city was dark, and that turned the lights on again. It’s a historic home run, and I know how much it means to Mike.’’

Too bad the Mets didn’t when they let it get away.

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