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Mets Morning News: Mets get ready to say Porc(hello) to Grapefruit league action

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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

The Mets set their rotation to open Grapefruit League action this weekend.

Seth Lugo remains unconcerned about his broken pinky toe.

Dellin Betances is looking forward to a fresh start in Queens.

Steven Matz is no longer guaranteed a spot in the rotation but he is taking the same approach to spring that he always does.

All the projections seem to like the Mets this year, but why?

The Players Union visited Mets camp to hear their thoughts on the cheating scandal and the upcoming collective bargaining agreement.

Michael Conforto was vocal in his displeasure with the Astros after his meeting with the Players Union.

Steven Cohen hasn’t completely given up his quest to own the Mets, but this time he would also want SNY included in the deal (paywall alert).

Around the National League East

The Braves’ rotation is far from set, and after spending some time as a reliever Sean Newcomb might find his way back as a starter.

Around Major League Baseball

There is unchecked anger about the Astros from players across the league and there is a growing fear about how it will end.

Manfred could help quell the rage if he chooses to censure Houston and their World Series victory.

The Astros are annoyed by the rage and want to prove everyone wrong about them.

In Rob Manfred’s most recent press conference he stated that Mike Fiers did the right thing and would be protected by Major League Baseball. Fiers, on the other hand, just wants to play baseball and isn’t too concerned for his safety (paywall alert).

A cold beer at the ballpark is a summer staple, but which stadium has the best craft beer offerings (paywall alert)?

The Cubs are shaking things up and batting Kris Bryant lead off to hopefully provide some stability at the top of the lineup.

Jacob deGrom is obviously going for a three-peat, but there are a few pitchers who are dark horse candidates to take the Cy Young.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Michael Drago is expecting another big year out of Pete Alonso.

Allison McCague believes the proposed new playoff format doesn’t solve the real problems baseball faces.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2003, the Mets signed Tony Clark who now has bigger issues to worry about.