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Mets Morning News: Dawn of the Final Day

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

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Meet the Mets

Francisco Lindor and Steve Cohen sat down and hung around for a meal on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the ravioli was not very good and the sauce was “eh” at best.

Good or bad, Lindor’s dinner with Cohen goes down in the history books with the other Persuasive Meals of Mets past.

While you won’t get subpar ravioli, you can hang out with Steve Cohen during his virtual Q&A at 7:00 tonight on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

LHP Jerry Blevins, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, catcher Caleb Joseph, infielder José Peraza, outfielder Mallex Smith, and RHP Arodys Vizcaíno officially will not be making the Opening Day roster while Stephen Tarpley has been optioned to Triple-A.

The most important part of this news is that Jerry Blevins will put off retirement for a little bit longer and report to the alternate site in Brooklyn with hopes of making the team down the line.

One man who will not be staying with the Mets in any capacity is Mike Montgomery who was released after it became clear that he was not making the team out of camp.

For the first time in a very long time, the Mets are starting the season with a World Series-caliber roster.

If you ever heard a snippet of his post-out diction, is incredibly unsurprising to know that Jeff McNeil is not a fan of his performance this spring.

Naturally, with Opening Day two shakes of a lamb’s tail away, the roster predictions are very easy to create.

In a nice bit of injury-recovery news, Jonathan Villar took some ground balls yesterday and looks to be able to come back from his groin injury in time for Opening Day.

With a new owner and a new philosophy taking over the Mets, Mike Piazza will be spending more time around the team and its charities along with developing relationships with players.

John Harper’s ten bold predictions for 2021 have Jacob deGrom winning the Cy Young, Francisco Lindor inking an extension, and Trevor Bauer finally logging off.

Around the National League East

Thanks to an eight-run eighth inning, the Nationals stomped the Cardinals on their way to an 11-3 victory.

Not to be outdone by the Cardinals, the Braves gave up twelve runs to the Rays in the eighth inning of their 16-5 loss.

Zack Wheeler and the Phillies locked in a 6-2 win over Corey Kluber and the dreaded Yankees.

Coming into the spring, it was easy to assume that the Nationals’ third base job belonged to Carter Kieboom, but one disappointing month later, Dave Martinez explained the decision to send him down.

Over on the Philly side of Florida, Scott Kingery and JoJo Romero were the biggest names to be told they wouldn’t be on the Opening Day squad.

Just to shake things up for you Beautiful “Readers”, I will say that Kim Ng announced Jazz Chisholm’s new status as Opening Day second baseman for the Marlins.

The Fish Stripes All-Time Marlins Countdown has declared Cliff Floyd to be the fourth-best Marlin in history.

Around Major League Baseball

Masahiro Tanaka revealed to Japanese reporters that the real reason he took his talents back home to the Land of the Rising Sun was the fear of contracting COVID-19 in conjunction with the discrimination that he and his son faced as Asians.

With Jack Leiter making news for his refusal to allow hits, it only makes sense to hear from the man who raised him: Al Leiter.

Former Uber driver and current Minnesota Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak will be sticking in the Twin Cities for five years and anywhere from $9.5-$29.75M.

In the biggest peace talks this side of North Korea, former Dodger and current Blue Jay Ross Stripling talked over the 2017 World Series with former Astro and current Blue Jay George Springer.

With more vaccines than vaccinees, the Baltimore Orioles have been the beneficiaries of some excess COVID-19 jabs.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2018, the New York Mets and Major League Baseball as a whole lost Rusty Staub at the age of 73.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Linda Surovich penned the season preview for everyone’s favorite squirrel-adjacent baseballer: Jeff McNeil.