Meet the Mets
The Mets were off last night, but they return to action tonight to begin a two-game set against the Boston Red Sox.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that, beginning on May 19, outdoor events in New York State can increase from 20% to 33% attendance. Roughly speaking, this should allow the Mets to welcome in 14,111 fans when they begin their series with the Colorado Rockies on May 24.
Anthony DiComo provided details on the potential for expanded fan access.
The Mets have to be feeling good about their chances in the NL East early in the season, partly because the division hasn’t been as fearsome as many expected.
Despite tossing a complete game, two-hit shutout with a career-high 15 strikeouts, Jacob deGrom was snubbed for NL co-Player of the Week. Instead, Madison Bumgarner and Fernando Tatis Jr. shared that honor.
David Wright said deGrom is “definitely the best I have ever seen in person” when asked about his dominance.
Justin Toscano shared the story of a pep talk Frank Viola gave Jacob deGrom early in his career, how it helped, and why Viola thinks deGrom is just getting started.
Pete Alonso’s selectivity at the plate has been a key to his early-season success.
Luis Rojas and company deserve praise for putting together a winning lineup on Sunday.
ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill brought us the story of friendship, memories, and a year with the 1969 Mets, which is a must-read for all fans.
Around the National League East
The Phillies activated Jose Alvarado and Matt Moore, and selected the contract of Odubel Herrera.
Herrera played in his first game since his domestic violence suspension last night.
Dansby Swanson burned sage throughout the ballpark to help Atlanta break out of their slump.
Around Major League Baseball
Corbin Burnes, deGrom’s toughest Cy Young competition in the early part of the season, got off to a fantastic start with five shutout innings, striking out nine with zero walks. Then he allowed five straight hits to start the sixth before being pulled, and his ERA ballooned from 0.37 to 1.53. Despite the loss, he still has a chance at history.
Cleveland defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-3 in ten innings.
On the day their GM stepped down, the Rockies were lifeless in a 12-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Lukas Vlahos looked at some early trade targets for the Mets.
On Episode 111 of From Complex to Queens, the crew provided a preview of the St. Lucie Mets season.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2015, Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run in the ninth to help the Mets come from behind to beat the Marlins 3-1.