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Mets 2020 Season Begins Today (Sort Of)

After what seems like one of the longest offseasons in baseball history, today, February 22, 2020, the New York Mets are finally playing a baseball game. Actually, they are playing two games with their split squads playing against the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins.

The focus isn’t on the Astros sign stealing, and how the Mets opted to fire Carlos Beltran while simultaneously keeping J.D. Davis and Jake Marisnick despite their own involvement in the scandal. Instead, the focus goes to Luis Rojas‘ first year as the manager of the Mets, and how the rotation and bullpen are going to hold up in the Mets hopes of winning a World Series for the first time since 1986.

Rick Porcello, who the Mets desperately need to have a bounceback year, takes the mound against the Marlins. Marcus Stroman, who is already being looked upon as a dark horse Cy Young candidate, will start against the Cardinals.

From there, we will look at whether Steven Matz can build off of his strong second half. In terms of the bullpen, all eyes will be on Dellin Betances‘ ability to rebound and whether the nasty splitter Jeurys Familia used against Jeff McNeil will appear during the season.

Overall, the 2020 Mets are playing games now, and the focus is going to be one how this team will improve from 2019, and whether this team truly is a World Series contender. That is a more fun and interesting discussion than what we have been having all offseason.

Baseball is back. Well, almost. In any event, it is great having baseball games back, and soon, we will have real baseball being played. When the game is being played, everything is better. Things are even better when the Mets are good. Soon, we will find out if they really are.

18 thoughts on “Mets 2020 Season Begins Today (Sort Of)”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    So, just curious, are you going to obsessively parrot this supposed injustice between Beltran and Marisnick/JD all season?

    Do you understand it makes you look like a total moron to be unable to differentiate between the ringleader of the scheme being our manager and two tertiary players being on the roster?

    It is a trip to junior high debate class here every time, but could you update your stance in January that Beltran shouldn’t have been fired because the whole issue would “blow over?”

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The minute Beltran was fired, Davis/Marisnick needed to be gone. As an organization, you cannot say it is okay for some people to cheat and not others.

      Saying otherwise is pure nonsense.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Now write an article with that premise in the headline. Dare ya.

        Double dog dare ya.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          I’ve written the articles

      2. Oldbackstop says:

        So write that up. Put that in a headline. See what the other ” analysts” say.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          I don’t care what other people say

      3. Oldbackstop says:

        Oh, didn’t Familia smack his wife around? Wasn’t Cano suspended for PEDS? Wasn’t Betances with the Yankess when they fined for the dugout sign stealing? Wasn’t Porcelli with the Red Sox when they had the Apple watch scandal? If you are going to play the non-Christian non-forgiveness card, keep lecturing.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          First off, Familia did not assault his wife.

          Second, this isn’t about Christianity or forgiveness. This is about the Mets saying what the Astros did was unacceptable, and they don’t want it to be a part of their organization

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            What the gist was that what BELTRAN did was unacceptable….the leader of the scam being the leader of the Mets. You continue this slack-jawed faux ignorance and inability to differentiate between Ringleader Carlos and lesser actors.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            So, it’s acceptable to cheat only if you’re good at it?

          3. Oldbackstop says:

            Beltran was fabulous at it. ….he brought it to Houston and they won the World Series.

            You still feel it has blown over and he should be the Mets manager right now?

          4. metsdaddy says:

            If you saw the Mets broadcasts this weekend, it’s a completely dead issue

          5. Oldbackstop says:

            Oh, you are impressed the SNY employees didn’t harp on it?

            Yeah.. wait until the commissioner drops the BoSox report in a few days.

          6. metsdaddy says:

            SNY is a huge part of the coverage, and we see they’re not going to cover it at all.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    They would be if Beltran was here. Do you not get that? The maelstrom continues around the league. Google Astros for the.last two days. There are ten different angles going….threats to bean them, Dodgers running their mouth, lawsuits from everybody.

    All that would be pointing at Beltran as the ringleader. ST would be a circus. Pressers would be a nightmare.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      That would be a good point if there was any attention directed at Davis and Marisnick.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        You seriously don’t differentiate between the media’s interest in the scheme’s ringleader, who is now said to have bullied teammates into cheating, being the team leader and daily spokesman….and two players with minor roles on the Astros team that year?

        Your stance is that because SNY took JD and Marisnick’s apologies and didn’t have much else to discuss….THEREFORE….Beltran as team spokesman would not be hounded for comment on these almost daily revelations he is responsible for?

        PS…BoSox in a few days….wait for it….

        1. metsdaddy says:

          It’s a non-story in New York even with Davis and Marisnick. They got up, offered their rehearsed apologies, and everyone moved on.

          It’s exactly what would’ve happened with Beltran.

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