COVID Spoils Mets and Nationals Opener

The Washington Nationals have multiple COVID cases. Therefore, the opening day matchup between the Mets and Nationals has been postponed. Not only has opening day been spoiled, but also tomorrow’s game has already been postponed. The Nationals have at least five players in the COVID protocol and three players to test positive. The Mets on the other hand, have been unaffected by COVID so far since Spring Training started.

We have to wait on DeGrom vs. Scherzer

Every year, it seems like opening day is highlighted by the pitching matchup of Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer. Those two are some of the best pitchers of the last decade and seeing them go head to head is always something to watch. They are part of what make the Mets and Nationals games so special. Unfortunately, COVID robbed us of this matchup for at least a couple of days.

Lindor Celebration put on Pause

Francisco Lindor's regular season Mets debut is put on hold due to COVID

I have written extensively on the Francisco Lindor extension saga in my last two articles. It all came to a close last night when Lindor and the Mets agreed on a 10/$341 million contract. It kicks in after this season so Lindor will be a Met for at least the next 11 seasons. The reports yesterday were not looking good. Every reporter (including Jeff Passan) was saying that neither side was expected to negotiate at all yesterday. However, around 11pm last night, the news broke that the two sides were able to come to an agreement. I woke up to the news and I immediately knew today was going to be a fun day.

Final Thoughts

There is a lot of optimism heading into this season for the Mets. Getting the Lindor deal done at the time they did was the perfect momentum push into the start of the season. Everyone in that clubhouse is so excited to get the season going, but thanks to the Nationals, it now has to wait until at least Saturday. The DeGrom vs. Scherzer matchup and Francisco Lindor’s regular season debut will come, but for now, we must wait.

-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)

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