With the MLB and New York Mets nearing our return to play for the 2020 season, here’s a breakdown of when and where to watch.
Major League Baseball is coming up on a major milestone this weekend, as the New York Mets are set to host the first major sporting event in New York since the season went on hold, facing off against the rival Yankees in two exhibition games.
The Mets and Yankees will play their first game against each other on July 18th at Citi Field and on the 19th at Yankee Stadium, with both games starting at 7 pm. Unfortunately, fans will not be permitted to attend, but will both air live on the SNY and YES Networks.
These 2 games will not go towards their regular-season record. Lineups have yet to be announced, but seeing as this is a glorified Spring Training game, it’s unlikely any player plays the full game.
Following these exhibition games, the Mets will have 5 days off before playing their game of the 60 game season, kicking off against the Atlanta Braves for Opening Day at Citi Field, with first pitch scheduled for 4 pm.
Opening day will air on ESPN, and following this, as in a typical season, the majority of New York’s games will air on SNY and on PIX11.
Over these 60 games, the Mets will be facing their usual NL East rivals, the Nationals, Marlins, Braves and Phillies, as well as the AL East teams, the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays, in interdivisional matchups.
The Mets have yet to announce their final Opening Day roster out of their 60-man player pool, but much of their lineup and starting rotation is currently set, with an identical starting line up to last season’s team, and with Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha rounding out the rotation.
For the 2020 season, the Mets will play the year with a Designated Hitter, and it is widely assumed that after nearly 2 years since playing his last game, Yoenis Cespedes will return to the line up to fill that role.
One of the most curious stories to watch this season, Cespedes has stated he believes that he will be ready to go opening day and that he has been working out 7 days a week to make sure he is in shape to start the year.
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