The New York Mets were supposed to open the season on March 31 at home versus the Washington Nationals. Jacob deGrom would take the mound, maybe throw six or seven shutout innings, and the Mets would win a low-scoring game; something like 2-0.
Unfortunately, those who had planned to make the March trip to Citi Field will have to rethink their Thursday plans. With the MLB lockout continuing, the first two series of the 2022 MLB schedule have been canceled. This takes away the opening series against the Nationals and the second versus the Atlanta Braves.
Now, the Mets are tentatively scheduled to play their first home game on April 15 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mets schedule now has them scheduled for an April 7 start
With the cancellation of the first five games, the Mets will now prepare to begin their season on April 7 at Washington. This could always change. Unless the two sides come to an agreement soon, they risk losing even more games.
Unless they plan to make up these games, the regular season will sit at an odd 157 game schedule.
Canceling games and doing nothing to change the schedule is probably the least of anyone’s concerns right now. We just want baseball back. We want to hear the crack of the bat and the smash of our television sets when things don’t go the way we wanted.
The Mets have a couple of non-National League East clubs on their April schedule unaffected by the first cancellation. After the opening three versus Arizona, they host the San Francisco Giants for four straight. They are then scheduled to go on the road for three in Arizona and three more at the St. Louis Cardinals. There are also three road games against the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle of the month and two at Citi Field to close it out.
The MLB lockout has put a damper on a lot of excitement for this time of the year. March is meant for gearing up for the baseball season. With practically the whole first week of April already void of major league games, we’re going to have to hope the two sides can avoid erasing any more from the schedule.