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Mets Morning News: Zack Wheeler will get the first start of spring

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Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

There is some uncertainty surrounding Zack Wheeler’s status in the rotation, but he will be the first to make his case on Friday.

The rotation and bullpen are set through the weekend and for fans it will be an opportunity to get a glimpse of some of the young arms in the system.

After making his much anticipated debut last season, Amed Rosario comes into camp a bit under the radar but he still hopes to improves and impress.

Asdrubal Cabrera is no longer a shortstop but he is very happy that is not going to be the Mets’ thrid baseman.

The Mets traded for a new crop of relievers at the deadline last season which will give them flexibility in more ways than one.

Anthony Swarzak also joined the bullpen this season and sat down for a Q & A where he asked for some patience from the fans.

Manager Mickey Callaway has instituted more changes to improve communication and give players more information that could help them going forward.

With a few rebuilding teams in their division, the Mets have a opportunity to take advantage of the weaker teams they will see quite a few times this season.

With so many rebuilding teams in the National League as a whole, the Mets’ season odds are not terrible according to Bovada.

Ty Kelly is a bit of a renaissance man and has created a new web series called “Out of Left Field.”

Say Cheese! It was photo day and overall some cool shots were taken.

Around the National League East

Matt Wisler will get the start for the Braves opposite Wheeler on Friday.

The Marlins signed Cameron Maybin to a one-year deal but for all intents and purposes both the Fish and the Rays are in the tank.

With three rookie managers in the division, and some open tanking, the National League East is not very threatening.

Around Major League Baseball

All 30 major league teams will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps this weekend to show their support to the community that is mourning the loss of the seventeen people tragically killed in the school shooting that took place on Valentine’s Day.

Pitcher Rob Whalen is back with the Mariners and spoke about walking away from the sport for a year while battling depression and anxiety.

Baseball keeps trying to fix things that weren’t necessarily broken and a doozy of an idea for the ninth inning was proposed.

Rob Manfred met with the media and discussed the new mound visit policy and he also promised a report will be forthcoming on the totally not juiced baseballs.

The Mariners and Angels will open the 2019 season in the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

David Capobianco hopes Hansel Robles has a bounce back season this year.

Allison McCague likes the depth Robert Gsellman could provide for the team.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday J.J. Putz!