Meet the Mets
Yoenis Cespedes is set to receive playing time in both games, including playing in the outfield.
Jacob deGrom will not take part in either game, but he threw a bullpen session yesterday and will pitch in a separate simulated game on Sunday.
There are a few things to watch out for in these two exhibition games.
Anthony DiComo provided a projected opening day roster for the Mets one week out from opening day.
J.D. Davis is hoping that baseball’s return will provide some small sense of normalcy to the world.
Luis Rojas may be the least experienced manager in the big leagues heading into the 2020 season, but he’s also the only one who knows what it’s like to manage extra innings under the new rules that will be in play this season.
Shockingly, Rojas will not commit to Jed Lowrie being ready to go on opening day.
Sheryl Ring from Beyond the Box Score looked at each of the major bidders for the Mets, including the legal and moral warts attached to each option.
New York state senator Jessica Ramos made the case against Steve Cohen in an op-ed in the New York Daily News.
Alex Rodriguez’s comments about the potential for the league to introduce a salary cap drew criticism from former major league pitcher Brandon McCarthy.
Around the National League East
After previously testing positive for COVID, Freddie Freeman and Touki Toussaint have both passed the necessary protocols to rejoin the team and were back in action yesterday.
Around Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball revealed the latest numbers from its COVID testing across the league.
Former Major League outfielder Preston Wilson offered some valuable insights on why the game is having so much trouble appealing to Black Americans.
Domingo German gave a cryptic retirement message on Instagram yesterday.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Maggie Wiggin discussed the need for Amed Rosario to continue producing at the same rate he was in the second half of 2019, lest he find himself being supplanted at shortstop.
Maggie also wrote about Wacha’s impressive performance in Thursday’s intrasquad game.
This Date in Mets History
Carlos Beltran became the first Met to hit grand slams in consecutive games on this date in 2006.