Mets fans are hoping a healthy rotation and improved lineup can lead the team to a playoff birth this season.
Noah Syndergaard gets the start on Opening Day at Citi Field against the St. Louis Cardinals after missing most of the 2017 season because of an injury. Jacob deGrom is coming off a 15 win season, while Matt Harvey and Steven Matz both looked strong late in spring training. For Syndergaard, it's the second straight Opening Day that he's started.
"I'm ready to get back out there and hear the crowd, the electricity of all the fans out there. I'm looking forward to it," Syndergaard said.
The corner outfield spots are manned by Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce, with both providing a lot of power for the Mets lineup. Todd Frazier was signed from the Yankees and will start at third base, while rookie Amed Rosario is the starting shortstop.
“I’m really excited about getting out there and showing our fans a solid baseball team that’s going to go out there and play the game the right way,” Manager Mickey Callaway told WOR's "Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning" on Wednesday.
It's also a brand new start for Callaway. The Mets hired him after Callaway served as the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians last season. Thursday is his managerial debut.
“It’s gonna feel real good to me, obviously. My parents are coming, my family’s all gonna be there. So that’ll be a neat moment. I think that by the time the first pitch is thrown I’ll just be focused on the game, hopefully,” Callaway said.
The Mets are three seasons removed from the 2015 team that made it to the World Series. The Mets fell in the Wild Card game to the San Francisco Giants in 2016, before missing the playoffs last season.
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