Elite Sports NY has the daily news on the New York Mets for April 3, including the Opening Day lineup and 25-man roster.
Just 178 days after getting their hearts ripped out by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card game, ace Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets are about to embark on their long-awaited revenge tour.
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) October 6, 2016
The Amazins’ will take on Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.
In a year where the Mets believe they can win the NL East, although it’s only game 1 of 162, every single divisional game is emphatically important.
On Sunday, Mets manager Terry Collins‘ opening day lineup was revealed to the public as follows:
- S Jose Reyes – 3B
- S Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
- R Yoenis Cespedes – LF
- L Curtis Granderson – CF
- S Neil Walker – 2B
- L Jay Bruce – RF
- L Lucas Duda – 1B
- R Travis d’Arnaud – C
- R Noah Syndergaard – P
The lineup’s construction doesn’t have any incredible revelations or surprises buried in it, as every player on this list was projected to get the start on Opening Day in ESNY’s Official Season Preview.
Each name on Collins’ sheet is more than capable of hitting over 15 home runs, as the Mets showed their penchant to produce significant power numbers in 2016, hitting 218 homers as a team, good for fifth in the majors.
Along with revealing the lineup, the Mets announced their official 25-man Opening Day roster as well:
|RHP Noah Syndergaard||INF Jose Reyes||3B David Wright – Shoulder|
|RHP Jacob deGrom||SS Asdrubal Cabrera||LHP Steven Matz – Elbow|
|RHP Matt Harvey||LF Yoenis Cespedes||OF Brandon Nimmo – Hamstring|
|RHP Zack Wheeler||CF Curtis Granderson||OF Juan Lagares – Oblique|
|RHP Robert Gsellman||2B Neil Walker||RHP Jeurys Familia – 15 Game Suspension|
|RHP Addison Reed||RF Jay Bruce||RHP Seth Lugo – Arm Fatigue|
|RHP Fernando Salas||1B Lucas Duda|
|LHP Jerry Blevins||C Travis d’Arnaud|
|RHP Hansel Robles||C Rene Rivera|
|LHP Josh Smoker||OF Michael Conforto|
|LHP Josh Edgin||INF Wilmer Flores|
|RHP Rafael Montero||INF T.J. Rivera|
|INF Ty Kelly|
Rafael Montero has made the Opening Day roster due to inflammation in Seth Lugo‘s elbow. Lugo will join Steven Matz on the disabled list to begin the season.
Many believe that Michael Conforto opening the season on the bench, as opposed to getting consistent at-bats in Triple-A, will hinder his development, but the Mets are poised to keep him as their fourth outfielder to begin the season. Outfielders Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo are starting the season on the disabled list themselves, creating the need for Conforto in Queens.