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Mets Morning News: Pitch 22

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Meet the Mets

Thanks to a five-run fifth inning with runs driven in by Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, J.D. Davis, and Michael Conforto, the Mets tallied a 7-5 victory over the Cardinals.

While he hasn’t pitched yet, Carlos Carrasco is 100% absolutely positive that he will be ready and in the rotation when the regular season begins.

On his quest to be ready for Opening Day, Carrasco will be the only Mets player doing some baseball activities at Clover Park tomorrow.

The Mets’ 2021 Opening Day roster might not be set in stone, but for the most part, it’s fairly predictable.

Potentially surpassing catching a flying baseball bat one-handed as the coolest thing he has ever done during spring training, Luis Guillorme worked a 22-pitch walk against the Cardinals’ Jordan Hicks.

Rumored to be on the Mets’ radar, Maikel Franco appears to have found his new home with the Orioles.

Around the National League East

In an incredibly low stakes rematch of the 2019 World Series, the Astros shut out Washington on their way to a 5-0 victory over the Nats.

For now, the Phillies established themselves as the official baseball team of Pennsylvania with their 6-5 win over the Pirates.

Ehire Adrianza’s three-run walk off home run gave the Braves an 8-7 win against the defending AL champion Tampa Bay Rays.

The Marlins didn’t play a game on Sunday, but Fish Stripes’ All-Time Marlins Countdown was all about Dan Uggla and his massive forearms.

If a few things break right for the Marlins, potentially acquiring Brandon Belt at the trade deadline might not be the craziest outcome.

In news that could’ve been much worse, it was announced that Stephen Strasberg’s reason for leaving Sunday’s game was nothing more than a “minor” calf issue.

Around Major League Baseball

Miguel Andujar will search for an answer to his lingering hand and wrist soreness from the most special of hand specialists.

Since pitchers in the National League will be stepping back up to the plate this season, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on some of the most interesting and talented of the bunch.

He may not be In the Best Shape of His Life, but Miguel Cabrera claims to be In the Best Shape of His Past Seven Years.

A mid-back injury is expected to keep Sonny Gray sidelined for at least the first week of the regular season.

Retirement be damned, Ian Kinsler will be representing Team Israel at the Tokyo Olympics.

For the low price of 1 Bitcoin, you can purchase an entire season’s worth of suite tickets from the Oakland Athletics.

Kenta Maeda will be manning the mound for the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day.

Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day for the Dodgers, but for some reason I feel like I didn’t have to tell you that one.

Honoring a regular guest at their spring training facility, the Rangers renamed their second field in Surprise as Charley Pride Field, following his passing in December.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in Mets history, no Mets were born, no transactions were made, and even the sun ceased to shine. Well maybe not that last part, but to make up for it, please enjoy this dog who is absolutely stoked to be getting pet by Anthony Recker.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Christian Romo and Vas Drimalitis worked Very Strongly and Very Powerfully on their official season previews of Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances, respectively.