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Mets Morning News: Mets prepare for Citi Field Opening Day, birth of deGrom's baby

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start the Mets' home opener today unless his wife goes into labor before then. In that case, Bartolo Colon will take the lanky right-hander's place.

Neil Walker could end up in a similar situation as deGrom, because the second baseman's wife is due to give birth in August.

David Wright and Walker shared their thoughts on the home opener in this video from Newsday.

New York won the division last year by beating up on divisional opponents. That's what makes this upcoming series versus Philadelphia so important.

The Mets received their National League Champions rings on Thursday. They were presented by New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

Mike Piazza's family hopes to buy the legendary catcher's memorable 2001 home run jersey and donate it to the Hall of Fame.

Around the National League East

The Good Phight finds reasons for hope in the Phillies' most recent loss to Cincinnati that completed a three-game sweep.

Talking chop isn't happy about Fredi Gonzalez's choice to bat Erick Aybar so high in the batting order.

The Marlins picked up their first win of the year thanks to some brilliant relief pitching by David Phelps against the Nationals.

Around Major League Baseball

Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber suffered an ankle sprain after a scary collision with Dexter Fowler in the outfield of Arizona's Chase Field.

The Dodgers fell one inning short of history when they were finally scored upon by the Giants on Thursday.

Former Mets prospect Jon Gant made his major league debut on Wednesday and amazed everyone with his strange pitching delivery.

Is the growing price of playing youth baseball threatening the diversity of the game?

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Timothy Finnegan studied the difference between Mets pitchers' regular velocities and their perceived velocities.

Four Mets affiliates began their minor league seasons last night. Check out this stream for all your preview needs.

This date in Mets history

The Mets fell to the Expos in the first game of the Montreal franchise's history. Also, a happy birthday to the late, great Gary Carter.