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Mets Opening Day: How to watch, starting pitchers, lineups, and more

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Here’s everything you need to get ready for the first Mets regular season game in months.

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The Mets are playing baseball at Citi Field today for the first time since last October. It is a time for jubilation, celebration, and hopefully for many hits that come with runners in scoring position. We know it’s been a long winter, but spring is both officially and unofficially here again!

How to watch

First pitch from Citi Field will be at 1:10 p.m. this afternoon. If you can’t make it out to Citi Field, you can watch on either SNY or ESPN. Both of those channels have streaming services (SNY, ESPN) that you can use if you’re not in front of a television. Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez will have the call for SNY, while Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, and Doug Glanville will cover the game for ESPN.

Of course, you can also listen to today’s game and all other Mets games on WOR, which is 710 on your AM radio dial. Howie Rose and Josh Lewin always handle the play-by-play with aplomb.

Starting pitchers

Cy Young candidate and fascinating social media personality Noah Syndergaard will take the bump for the Mets. He’s coming off a splendid 2016 campaign that made us wonder if he is a mortal man or something greater. He has flashy hair and a cool nickname. That nickname is “Thor,” if you’re just getting started with the Mets. By the way, the colors are orange and blue and we’re the best team in town.

Opposing Syndergaard will be Julio Teheran, who has stuck with the Braves during their rebuilding process. That may be because he’s bound to the team by contract, but Teheran has nevertheless pitched excellently for the team that signed him as a 16-year-old way back in 2007. Teheran pitched especially well against the Mets last year, so this Opening Day might not go perfectly as planned.

Lineups

The Mets may not have the best defensive team on the planet, but we do expect them to hit a lot of home runs this year, and home runs are fun! Here’s the nine guys who will take the field to start the opener.

  1. Jose Reyes, 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  4. Curtis Granderson, CF
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Jay Bruce, RF
  7. Lucas Duda, 1B
  8. Rene Rivera, C
  9. Noah Syndergaard, P

And for the Braves...

  1. Ender Inciarte, CF
  2. Dansby Swanson, SS
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Matt Kemp, LF
  5. Nick Markakis, RF
  6. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  7. Adonis Garcia, 3B
  8. Tyler Flowers, C
  9. Julio Teheran, P

What else do I need to know?

The Mets are great and baseball is awesome! If you’ve spent the winter playing Overwatch or watching inferior sports, or if you just need a refresher, we wrote season previews for every player on New York’s 40-man roster. It’s a great way to get reacquainted with our beloved Amazins.