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Mets announce Opening Day lineup

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Facing the lefty, the Mets have made some adjustments to their lineup

New York Mets v Washington Nationals Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Earlier this afternoon, the Mets revealed their first lineup of the 2021 season, four days after the team’s original Opening Day was cancelled due to a few COVID-19 cases on the Nationals. The club will open up on the road tonight against the Phillies.

  1. Kevin Pillar - CF
  2. Francisco Lindor - SS
  3. Michael Conforto - RF
  4. Pete Alonso - 1B
  5. J.D. Davis - 3B
  6. Jeff McNeil - 2B
  7. James McCann - C
  8. Brandon Nimmo - LF
  9. Jacob deGrom - P

The lineup is slightly different from what fans would have seen on Thursday, which is a result of Philadelphia starting the left-handed Mat Moore. Instead of leading off with Nimmo, as they will throughout most of the season, the club is rolling with Kevin Pillar in center field and in the leadoff spot. Nimmo will bat eighth, ahead of the pitcher deGrom. With Pillar in the lineup, Dominic Smith will be on the bench tonight.

The rest of the lineup will be close to what we can expect from the team throughout the season. Lindor will be get acclimated to the second spot in the club’s lineup, hitting right in front of Conforto and Alonso. With Smith out of the lineup, Davis moves up to the fifth spot. It is likely we will see Smith hit fifth with Davis batting seventh with the club faces a right-handed pitcher.

This is also the first regular season Mets game that will feature the pitcher hitting since the end of the 2019 season. Fittingly, deGrom, who is the last Mets hurler to hit a homer, will be the first one to welcome back the familiar sight of pitchers hitting in the National League.