The Mets open the 2019 regular season when they face the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.
Pete Alonso gets the start at first base in what will be his major league debut. ... Robinson Cano is at second base, batting third in his Mets debut. ... Since the turn of the century, the Mets have gone 13-6 on Opening Day, including winning their last four. ... The Mets' overall Opening Day record is 37-20. ... With Jacob deGrom faxing Max Scherzer, today is the fourth time in MLB history that the Cy Young winner from the previous season will face the runner-up on Opening Day.
|Brandon Nimmo, LF||Adam Eaton, RF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Trea Turner, SS|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Juan Soto, LF|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Anthony Rendon, 3B|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Ryan Zimmerman, 1B|
|Jeff McNeil, 3B||Brian Dozier, 2B|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Yan Gomes, C|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Max Scherzer, RHP|
|Jacob deGrom, RHP||Victor Robles, CF|
Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Jacob deGrom.
Fresh off the five-year, $137.5 million extension he signed earlier this week, deGrom will take the mound against the pitcher he beat for last season's NL Cy Young award. DeGrom had a season for the ages in 2018, posting a 1.70 ERA (1.99 FIP) and 0.91 WHIP while striking out 269 batters in 217 innings (32 starts).
Who is starting for the Nationals?
RHP Max Scherzer.
Scherzer is coming off his sixth-straight All-Star season. In 2018, Scherzer had a 2.53 ERA (2.65 FIP) and 0.91 WHIP while striking out an MLB-best 300 batters in 220.2 innings (33 starts).
The Mets are off on Friday.
They face the Nationals on Saturday at Nationals Park at 1:05 p.m., when RHP Noah Syndergaard opposes RHP Stephen Strasburg.