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

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws batting practice during spring training workout

Meet the Mets

After a day off, the Mets’ game against the Astros today got moved to 1:05, but Jacob deGrom is still set to make his spring training debut.

Despite an offseason of speculation, the Mets are heading into the season without the benefit of the designated hitter.

Former pitcher Carter Capps is now looking to make an impact with the Mets as a coach in their minor league system.

The Mets are relying on Dellin Betances and Jeurys Familia to provide some level of production to make up for the temporary loss of Seth Lugo, but it is no sure thing that the two veteran relievers are up to the task.

Sports Illustrated provided an excerpt about the Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens rivalry from Devin Gordon’s upcoming book.

Around the National League East

The Braves are apparently planning on having full attendance for the 2021 All-Star Game, which they will be hosting.

Kyle Wright tossed three scoreless innings for Atlanta in their 4-0 victory against the Twins yesterday.

The Phillies announced that Adam Haseley will miss four weeks due to a groin strain.

Bryce Harper blasted his first spring training homer in the Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Pirates.

The Nationals have given some hints at what their lineup might look like when the season starts.

We now have statistical proof that Marlins fans are driven to alcohol as a result of their team’s performance.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball once again released its weekly numbers of positive cases, and the results continued to be relatively encouraging.

MLB.com looked at some of the pitchers who are most likely to lead the league in strikeouts in 2021.

The Astros are reportedly taking a look at free agent starter Jake Odorizzi.

Shohei Ohtani will be a part of a six-man rotation for the Angels this season, according to Joe Maddon.

Free agent pitcher Sam Dyson has been suspended for the entire 2021 season following the league’s investigation into his violation of baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Justin Bour is heading to San Francisco after signing a minor league contract with the Giants.

Minor League Baseball is trying to adapt to the new circumstances brought about by both COVID and MLB taking a sledgehammer to the league.

Who are the most noteworthy future power hitters in each team’s minor league system?

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane provided previews for two players—Oscar De La Cruz and Tom Windle—who hope to find spots on the Mets’ major league roster this season.

This Date in Mets History

It’s a somewhat boring day in Mets History, but there have been a couple of spring training games on this date in which noteworthy Mets names made their presence felt.