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Mets Morning News: Why not the Mets?

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Your Friday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were scheduled to begin their 2021 season last night in Washington, D.C., but their Opening Day game was postponed because the Nationals had a positive COVID test and concerns that there would be more. Those concerns proved to be valid, as two other players tested positive and one additional player was considered a likely positive.

While it doesn’t sound likely that the Mets and Nationals will play any games this weekend, there’s no official word on the other two games of the series yet. If Jacob deGrom pitches tomorrow, the earliest possible date, he’d be lined up to pitch the Mets’ home opener next week.

With no game to play, the highlight of the Mets’ day was undoubtedly Francisco Lindor’s press conference about his ten-year, $341 million contract extension, which included a few gems from Lindor.

The Lindor extension signals a new era for the Mets, writes Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer.

Mike Piazza offered his congratulations to Lindor in a tweet, and Alex Cora praised Lindor in offering his thoughts on the extension.

The final episode of the second season of SNY’s Queens Cookie Club went up yesterday afternoon, too, and Marcus Stroman was the special guest.

Greg Prince used the date on the calendar yesterday to write up a scenario in which the Mets play in Staten Island.

Single-game tickets for limited capacity Mets games in April go on sale at 10 AM EDT tomorrow.

The Mets might try playing top prospect Ronny Mauricio in the outfield now that they’ve locked up Lindor for the long haul.

Keith Hernandez is trying to stay current in the booth at the age of 67.

Around the National League East

The Braves lost to the Phillies in one of several extra-inning games yesterday that served as a reminder that the stupid runner-on-second rule is in effect in extra innings this year. Talking Chop wasn’t thrilled with the outcome, and The Good Phight was so optimistic that they wrote about good how the Phillies’ bullpen could be.

The Marlins lost to the Rays in a pitchers’ duel that was as good as advertised.

Around Major League Baseball

Will Leitch rounded up some of the best moments of Opening Day at MLB.com.

The Yankees lost in extra innings, too, and the fans who were at Yankee Stadium seemed particularly unhappy with Giancarlo Stanton.

Cody Bellinger hit a home run, but Justin Turner thought the ball was caught, ran back to first base, crossed paths with Bellinger, and turned the home run into a single for Bellinger, who was ruled out as a result of the baserunning gaffe.

The New York Times took some time to cover baseball and has photos from Opening Day games that happened across the country yesterday.

The Red Sox and Orioles were the only teams besides the Mets and Nationals who did not play yesterday, but in their case, it was because of rain.

Rob Manfred wrote an open letter to fans.

Trevor Rosenthal hit the injured list with shoulder inflammation.

The Angels have already crossed the 85% vaccinated threshold, according to their manager.

Major League Baseball will limit the amateur draft to 20 rounds this year.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos updated his grading series from the offseason and gave a final grade to the Mets’ offseason.

We all chipped in to a few posts: bold predictions, reasons to be pessimistic about the Mets in 2021, and reasons to be optimistic about the Mets in 2021.

The latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show) was posted, having wrapped up recording less than one hour before the news of the Lindor extension broke.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets’ 1984 season got underway on this date, with the Reds spoiling Davey Johnson’s debut as manager.