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Mets Morning News: MLB postpones Mets-Nationals series, moves All-Star game from Atlanta

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2020 Grape Fruit League Media Availability Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

In light of the COVID outbreak on the Nationals, Major League Baseball has postponed the entire opening series. The Mets will now begin their season on Monday against the Phillies.

The Mets provided an updated rotation schedule in light of the opening series being cancelled. Taijuan Walker is now set to start the Citi Field opener on Thursday.

Luis Rojas indicated that members of the Mets will receive their vaccinations when they become eligible this week. When asked if he would be one of the players getting their shots, J.D. Davis’s response was, “I haven’t really thought about it.”

Rojas also suggested that Carlos Carrasco may be ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn right hamstring.

The Francisco Lindor extension marks the beginning of a new era for the Amazins.

Fangraphs released their Top 30 Prospects list for the Mets, with Francisco Alvarez claiming the top spot.

Around the National League East

Anthony Bass blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning, and the Marlins fell to the Rays 6-4.

Rob Manfred and the Braves released statements regarding the decision to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta.

The Nationals are now scheduled to begin their season on Monday against the Braves, but they currently are set to be down nine players (four who have tested positive for COVID and five who were close contacts) in the early going.

It was only one game, but the Phillies bullpen looked impressive on Thursday against the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Following the first bit of baseball action on Thursday, it was already time for some small sample size overreactions.

The Rockies and the Dodgers had a furry friend join them on the field last night in Colorado.

Trevor Bauer threw six hitless innings in his debut with the Dodgers before faltering and giving up four runs in the seventh.

Top prospect Andrew Vaughn made his major league debut with the White Sox last night.

Dusty Baker expressed pride in the league’s decision to move the All-Star game out of Georgia.

The Yankees revealed a commemorative plaque in honor of the late New York Post photographer Anthony Causi.

This Date in Mets History

The 2006 season began with a 3-2 win against the Washington Nationals on this day fifteen years ago.