The Mets begin their 56th season today at Citi Field against the Braves at 1:10 pm.
The Mets are 35-20 on Opening Day, including nine consecutive wins from 1975 to 1983, during which Tom Seaver won three times.
Noah Syndergaard will be making his first Opening Day start for the Mets. Last season, while going 14-9 with 218 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, he made the All-Star team and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.
This is the first time during his 12-year career that David Wright will not be in the starting lineup. The Captain will begin the season on the disabled list as he continues to rest his right shoulder, which became inflamed during workouts following 2016's season-ending neck surgery.
Julio Teheran will take the ball today for Atlanta. The Braves finished 68-93 in 2016, but added several players this past winter, including infielder Sean Rodriguez, R.A. Dickey, Kurt Suzuki, Jaime Garcia, 2B Brandon Phillips and Bartolo Colon, who will start Wednesday against the Mets.
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In case you missed it on Sunday
The Mets revealed their Opening Day lineup, with Jose Reyes batting leadoff and Curtis Granderson cleanup.
Their 25-man roster was officially set Sunday and includes seven relief pitchers, including three left-handed relievers. Several Mets, including Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, Wright and Juan Lagares, will start the season on the disabled list.
Yoenis Cespedes wants to win an MVP in 2017, but - more important, help bring the Mets and their fans the third World Series title in franchise history.
Links to Read
In an article for SB Nation, Lucas Vlahos looks at Rafael Montero's fourth life in baseball.
If you're going to Citi Field today, check out Sonja Chopra's review of the newest food in the ballpark.
According to Newsday's David Lennon, Terry Collins has defied and outlasted expectations.
May 6, 2016; Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Padres at Petco Park. Credit: Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets are overflowing with hope and confidence, Joel Sherman explains in the NY Post.
According to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert, the dream of the Fab Five isn't dead yet...
Lastly, finally, "The golden hour is upon us," according to Faith and Fear in Flushing's Greg Prince.