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Mets Morning News: Opening Day is here, Matt Harvey starts the season against the Royals

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The offseason wasn't nearly as long this time around as it had been over the past several years, but the arrival of Opening Day is still the best. The Mets begin their 2016 season tonight in Kansas City, as they look to follow up their pennant-winning season with a championship season. Oh, if you hadn't heard, this is a World Series rematch.

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News has a position-by-position breakdown of the Mets' roster. Maria Guardado looks at how the Mets can win it all this year.

The Mets are putting the heartbreak of their World Series loss behind them heading into the game tonight. You might say they're looking to turn the page. Matt Harvey is ready for his Opening Day start.

There probably won't be any shenanigans tonight regarding Noah Syndergaard's knock-down fastball in the World Series, but if there is, please refer to Grant Brisbee's piece on the matter.

There had been talk coming out of Mets spring training that the team might only carry six relievers in its bullpen to begin the season because of the quirky schedule following Opening Day, but that's not the case—and might have helped Jim Henderson.

Second baseman Neil Walker, acquired over the offseason for Jon Niese, is feeling at home with the Mets after growing up a Pirates fan and spending his entire professional career through last season with that organization.

Joel Sherman would like to remind you about the Mets' failure to sustain their success in 2007 and 2008.

Here's Anthony DiComo stylin' in the dugout with Terry Collins.

Ted Berg picks the Mets to win the National League East this year.

Around the NL East

John Gant made the Braves' Opening Day roster.

Dusty Baker says Blake Treinen is gaining confidence.

The Good Phight thinks this year's Phillies team will be a lot more watchable than last year's.

This date in Mets history

The Mets' 2006 season got off to a good start on this date that year.