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What is next for the 2021 New York Mets?

The 2021 New York Mets have yet to play their first game of the season. The Washington Nationals were simply too scared to face Jacob DeGrom. I kid of course. In all seriousness, I hope whoever got COVID on the Nationals is doing okay and the team can be back together soon.

The Mets had themselves a very busy week. They were preparing for opening day by practicing in DC, only to have it postponed. In addition, they negotiated up until the last minute with Francisco Lindor and struck a deal. What else is to come for the 2021 New York Mets?

Opening Day

Jacob DeGrom will pitch Opening Day for the Mets on Monday.

The Mets will open their season this upcoming Monday in Philadelphia. Jacob DeGrom start his campaign for a third Cy Young against Matt Moore. Francisco Lindor will make his regular season Mets debut after signing his massive extension just a few days ago. The Mets roll out one of the most potent offenses in all of baseball. Their lineup consists of Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Dom Smith, and Francisco Lindor (just to name a few). They are going to hit and they are going to score. Their power will be on full display on Monday.

Extensions

They extended their top priority. In addition to Lindor, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman are the other top candidates for extensions. Michael Conforto is now the top priority. He never had a hard deadline like Lindor did. Therefore, it is easy to imagine extension talks carrying on into the season. Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen were supposed to address the media on Friday, but that got pushed back. Coincidently (maybe?), Michael Conforto has not been available for the media either. Perhaps those three and agent Scott Boras are locked away negotiating Conforto’s extension.

The Mets have also reached out to Noah Syndergaard regarding an extension. I would not be surprised that talks would be strictly preliminary until Thor is back on the mound in the summer. You never really know how a pitcher will return from Tommy John surgery. The Mets should be cautious with Noah before extending. He is absolutely someone you would rather have on your team than not, but let’s see him pitch again first.

Final Thoughts

It was so disappointing to find out the opening series was postponed. It has been really hard watching all of these other teams play and I still have to wait two days.

This 2021 New York Mets team has the most potential of any team since the 2006-2008 teams. There is so much to be hopeful for with this team and Mets fans desperately need the season to start.

-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)

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