Mets, Nationals 2022 opening day preview

The build-up to the opening day 2022 has been full of unknown and precise decisions for the Mets and Nationals for their NL East settlement on Thursday, which was moved to 19:05 ET in Nationals Park due to weather. . How healthy will the Mets spin be, both in the short and long term? Who will finish the Nationals’ 28-man roster due to injury? These are just some of the important questions that came up before the start of the regular season.

So here’s what’s known: The national team is entering its first full season in a new section of the franchise since they revised the list by last year’s trading deadline. With Max Scherzer and other veterans now playing elsewhere, Juan Soto, the 23-year-old MVP candidate, is the center of a team bound by meaningful, young potential and experienced leaders. This is expected to be a period of healthy living, establishing chemistry, launching a new wave of talent and building a foundation for many years to come.

The 2022 Mets have high expectations after the winter as they committed more than a quarter of a billion dollars of Steve Cohen’s money to Scherzer, Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha and Adam Ottavino, at the same time as they were exchanging for star actor Chris Bassitt. They are very much in work-now mode and believe this is their time in NL East.

However, things started to go very wrong very fast in the last week of the camp. First it was Jacob deGrom, who was going to set up his fourth opening day in a row until he got a stress reaction in the scapula on his right shoulder. He will probably miss two months and put a big dent in the Mets’ championship title. The next day, Scherzer was scratched from his last early spring due to a repair of his right thigh. He is tentatively set for game 2 in the series on Friday. Apart from all this, the Mets are still confident that they have a solid field with Scherzer and Bassitt leading the class and that their line-up can be one of the better ones in the NL.

When is the game and how can I watch it?
Nationals TV:
MASN, with Bob Carpenter, Kevin Frandsen and Dan Kolko
National Radio: 106.7 The Fan, starring Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler
Mets TV: SNY, with Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling in the call
Radio Mets: WCBS 880 with Howie Rose (returns to the stands for the first game in a regular season since taking a medical leave last August) and Wayne Randazzo in a phone call

The starting lineup
Washington increased the top of the lineup with a senior team to beat around Juan Soto. The national team is looking for pop from the second harbor master César Hernández, who has a .349 career on a basic percentage in the top spot. They are pushing Soto up from third to second, claiming that recent MVP winners have hit, to get him more bats. Soto will be protected in the line-up by experienced wrestler Nelson Cruz, after Josh Bell and Keibert Ruiz, who both bring the power to the table.

Mets: The Mets will not have a typical lineup on opening day due to the presence of Nationals starting line-up Patrick Corbin, a left-hander who is particularly sensitive to right-handed shots. Interestingly, JD Davis should earn a start based on his career record against Corbin: 10 for 29 with four home runs and three doubles. With a focus on Davis and Pete Alonso, the Mets can shuffle with powerful right-handers to make it difficult for Corbin. Only two left-handers, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil, have a chance to start, but Nimmo, who missed the last two games of the spring practice due to a stiff neck, is still a question mark because of that.

Who are the starting lineup?
Patrick Corbin gets the nod for the second opening day of his career (previously in 2018 with the D-backs). Southpaw struggled last season and collected 5.82 ERA in the league in 31 starts. But after improving his speed control and concentrating on not overthrowing him, he feels confident that a recent past is behind him and he can return to ’19 form when he helped the Nationals win the World Cup.

Mets: It will be Tylor Megill for the Mets after injuries to deGrom and Scherzer. (The former is out for about two months, but the latter is expected to submit Game 2 of the season.) Megill acquitted well in the spring training session and shot 6 2/3 pointless games in the Grapefruit League game. He has only started 18 games in the big leagues so far, but two of them came against national games. (He was 1-1 in those games with 4.91 ERA.) Although Megill is stretched out to about 85 pitches, the Mets will probably not ask him for more than five innings as their bullshit is fully rested and charged.

How could bullpens line up after startups?
Taurus is one area on the list that Icelanders were still sorting late in the camp. Given that the starting round is short-lived due to injury and many starters did not go deep into games last season, Martinez thought between having 10 and 11 aids on the expanded 28-man roster. Steve Cishek, Paolo Espino, Andres Machado and Austin Voth are candidates to stretch many frames. At the back, returning fans Sean Doolittle and Kyle Finnegan can probably get closer to Tanner Rainey late in the game.

Mets: No one will be ruled out on the opening day as the Mets attack the Nationals with a stream of high-speed weapons. In a perfect world, the Mets will rely on Adam Ottavino, Trevor May and Seth Lugo to build a bridge to Edwin Díaz, who will lead the ninth inning. Although Díaz has not yet overcome the reputation he received due to a bad debut at the Mets in 2019, he has been generally solid over the past two seasons, with 2.95 ERA and 38 saved shots in 48 chances. If the Mets need a free machine, Trevor Williams is most likely to play that role.

Any injuries to check?
The initial swing starts the season after two starters, with right-handers Stephen Strasburg (thoracic spine surgery) and Joe Ross (right elbow surgery) remaining in West Palm Beach, Florida, to continue their rehabilitation without schedules. returns. Will Harris, who enters the stadium late (thoracic expansion surgery) and third baseman Carter Kieboom (right forearm flexion / wrist strain) are also recovering at the Nationals training ground. The recent injury of Ehire Adrianza (left quadruple) created a vacancy in key spare roles that Icelanders have to play.

Mets: deGrom will miss all of April and possibly all of May due to a stress reaction in the right lumbar spine. Nimmo is also from day to day due to stiffness in the throat. Left-back Joey Lucchesi is recovering from Tommy John’s surgery and is expected in August or September. Fifth starter Taijuan Walker had his right knee repaired late in surgery, but he should be able to start his first start next week in Philadelphia. Finally, laser Jake Reed is still recovering from a diagonal strain that set him aside early in the camp. deGrom, Lucchesi and Reed will all start the season on the injury list.

Who is hot and who is not?
After winning his timing, Juan Soto put up two homers and hit over 0.300 in camp. 23-year-old Keibert Ruiz made a statement on Sunday with four shots, three runs, one home and three RBIs in five shots. Utility player Dee Strange-Gordon provided a strong argument for his return to the Majors by playing indoors and away while leading the team in shots. On the mound, Patrick Corbin hit 10 shots and did not allow an earned run in nine innings.

Mets: Who is not hot? Lindor got four shots over his first six Grapefruit League games, including shots from both sides of the album on March 27th. Although Lindor has only cooled down as the camp approaches, the Mets expect a great rebound period from him. Escobar also impressed throughout his first spring with the Mets, hitting three home runs in his first eight games. Dominic Smith hit over .400 with great force most of the Grapefruit League season, as did substitute Tomas Nido. The two will both be available from the class on the opening day.

Less striking were Alonso, who hit just one homer this spring, and Nimmo, who hit .192 before injuring his neck. Carlos Carrasco also struggled in his first operation since elbow surgery outside the season, and proved susceptible to home runs both in a Grapefruit League game and at home. But Carrasco has often been ahead of fixed seasons with less than stellar springs.

Anything else that fans might want to know?
• Showalter will return to the dugout for the first time since 2018. This will be his 21st season as manager of the Major League, including stops with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles. He is the 24th manager in the history of the Mets and the fifth in the last six seasons.

• This match contains a lot of slugs, including two who are in the top five for home runs in the career of all active players: Nelson Cruz (No. 3, 449 homers) and Robinson Canó (No. 5, 334 homers).

• Assuming Nimmo is fit enough to play, Marte will start on the right field for the first time in his professional career. The Mets used Marte right through the spring training because they assess his arm strength and believe that Nimmo’s defensive midfield defense is real.

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