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Mets Morning News: Smile! deGrom is pitching today in a televised game

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets are back in action this afternoon, with Jacob deGrom on the mound. And in good news, the game is televised so fans can watch deGrom pitch!

Frank Viola spoke with Jay Horwitz about working with the Mets’ ace.

Tim Healey predicted what the Mets’ roster would look like on Opening Day.

Mike Puma broke down the pertinent issues facing the Mets.

With the recent break-up drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, it’s clear their ownership would have been a nightmare for the Mets.

Corey Brock of The Athletic explored the circumstances that led to the Mariners unloading Robinson Cano on the Mets. (Paywall Alert)

Tom Ley of The Defector referred to Luis Guillorme’s epic 22-pitch at-bat as “baseball-ass baseball” in his piece for The Defector. (Paywall Alert)

Similarly, R.J. McDaniel broke down the much-talked about Guillorme at-bat on Fangraphs.

David Peterson did himself no favors on Sunday in his quest for a rotation spot, calling his outing ‘unacceptable’ following the game.

Around the National League East

Austin Riley will return to the Braves on Wednesday after clearing COVID protocols.

Touki Toussaint is making some adjustments heading into the new season with Atlanta.

Juan Soto has already had an impressive career, and he could be Cooperstown bound if he lives up to these projections.

The Nationals’ rotation plans hinge on Stephen Strasburg and Jon Lester’s progress.

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf is increasing attendance capacity to 50% for outside sporting events, beginning in early April.

The Philadelphia Inquirer revealed how Jimmy Rollins, Ruben Amaro Jr. and ‘an insider’ helped the Phillies land Zach Eflin.

Scouts have been impressed with Phillies’ pitcher Jose Alvarado, saying that they would be surprised if he wasn’t closing ‘at some point’.

Around Major League Baseball

Former MLB pitcher Frankie De La Cruz passed away at the age of 37 after suffering a heart attack. Our thoughts are with his family.

Mike Lupica spoke with Tom Hanks about his love for baseball one year after the actor’s COVID diagnosis.

Ryan Braun is not ready to say he’s ‘retired’ just yet.

Yankees’ catcher Robinson Chirinos will undergo surgery on his fractured wrist and will miss 4-6 weeks of action.

In strange spring injuries news, Diamondbacks right-hander Jon Duplantier cut his finger ‘trying to put his razor together’.

Matt Harvey had a better second spring start for the Orioles.

A showdown between a pair of two-way players yesterday ended with two Shohei Ohtani home run.

Former White Sox reflect on the Adam LaRoche saga and his abrupt retirement five years later.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague talked about how Jonathan Villar will play a vital role on the team’s bench in her season preview.

Appropriately, Linda Surovich discussed J.D. Davis and his hopes to settle in to third base in her season preview.

On Episode 105 of From Complex to Queens, the crew looked at the changing rules in minor league baseball for the upcoming season.

This Date in Mets History

It was on this date 60 years ago that the New York State Legislature authorized a bond issue for the construction of a 55,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadow Park, which would become the home of the New York Mets three years later.