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Your Opening Day dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

After a long winter, Opening Day is finally here!

Noah Syndergaard’s repertoire has changed a bit from the Wild Card game to Opening Day. The fireballing starter is determined to set the bar even higher when it comes to velocity.

Rene Rivera is ready for his close-up view of Syndergaard on the mound.

Wilmer Flores might not be in the starting lineup, but he is crucial to the Mets’ success nevertheless.

Jose Reyes wants the team to be all-in when they take the field this season.

The 2017 Mets have a mantra they hope will carry them through the season.

Manager Terry Collins will begin the last season of his contract, and overall he has done an admirable job during his Mets tenure.

The beloved SNY crew of Gary, Keith, and Ron made their predictions for the upcoming season.

Keith Hernandez sat down for a Q & A and reflected on his career and shared his thoughts on the game today.

This could be a championship caliber team if certain things go right.

This team looks deep on paper, but there is also an underlying fragility to the team.

Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden seem to have buried the hatchet.

Tim Tebow is set to make his debut with the Columbia Fireflies.

Around the NL East

Talking Chop made their predictions for how the NL East will shake out this season.

The Marlins finalized their Opening Day roster as they prepare to take on the Nationals.

The Phillies outfield could be productive this season if everything goes right.

The Nationals have a very deep lineup if everyone repeats their past performances.

Around the Majors

The Yankees opened the 2017 season with a whimper.

The other two games that kicked off the 2017 season featured walk-offs. Randal Grichuck singled in the ninth to give the Cardinals a win over the Cubs, and despite two home runs by Madison Bumgarner, the Diamondbacks rallied against Giants’ closer Mark Melancon and won the game in the ninth.

There are still several notable free agents out there who are searching for a team.

It was only one day, but there were plenty of takeaways from Opening Day.

The salaries of baseball players in 2017 are quite high.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane discussed the upcoming season with SNY analyst Nelson Figueroa and he covered the Mets’ official Opening Day roster.

Chris McShane believes Syndergaard has proven he is one of the top pitchers in the game and he looks to continue that in 2017.

Lukas Vlahos hopes Rafael Montero can continue to put up the brilliant numbers from spring.

Eric Fischer thinks that Amed Rosario should make his major league debut this season.

John Milner is number 15 out of the top 25 Met home run hitters of all-time.

Matt Varvaro took a look back at the Mets yearbooks.

This Date in Mets History

The 2006 team got off to a good start behind starter Tom Glavine and defeated the Nationals 3-2.