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What’s on Tap: Mets face Nationals at 12:10 p.m.

Jon Niese, who has twice been sidelined during camp due to injury, will pitch in a minor league game Thursday. If all goes well, Niese is expected to pitch in another minor league game April 1 before making his regular season debut April 6 at Citi Field.

Later today, Cory Mazzoni starts for the Mets against the Nationals at Tradition Field at 12:10 p.m.

The game will air live on SNY

In order to limit his exposure to the Nationals, Bartolo Colon will pitch in a minor league game.

After the game, the Mets will head to Montreal to play exhibition games against the Blue Jays on Friday and Saturday.

The Mets open the regular season in four days, when they face the Nationals at Citi Field.




17 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Two meaningless games in notorious cold-weather locale. Anybody see where I'm heading with this one? Let's hope Bobby Parnell brings his good pillow. And let's keep Niese south of the Mason-Dixon Line until he's ready to start.

upstaphan
upstaphan

WHY ON EARTH IS OPENING DAY 1 PM ON A MONDAY???????????????????????

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Did anyone see Dillon Gee's performance yesterday?  Well, if you didn't...

Six innings of No-Hit Ball!!!  Way to go Dillon!  Way to go Mets!

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

The 2 Toronto games,  Friday night 7:05 PM, and Saturday afternoon, 1:05 PM, are on the televised on cable via the MLB Network.

Charlie Callahan
Charlie Callahan

Give it up already. Took 1 minute before someone started to cry. 4 days to opening day. Be happy. If Drew is so good why is he still unsigned? Who else do you want? And for who? You don't make a deal just to make a deal.

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

i just read a very disappointing Adam Rubin article on how the Mets dont plan on making any outside player aquisitions before opening day, i cant believe that they are going to start the season with Duda, Davis and Tejada, at least get a new shortstop! Why is this team so afraid to make a trade, am so tired of the "lets stick with our guys" BS!!

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

@upstaphan  1 PM, 7 PM, Midnight, 7 AM, what difference does it make?

The Mets will pulverize the Nationals no matter what time of day the game starts!

tullydew
tullydew

Traditionally MLB has opening day on Monday afternoon. What's the problem? It been like that forever.

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

@Anthony Giammattei  These games will be played in Montreal, home of our old friends, the Montreal Expos!  To all of our friends in Montreal, we say "Let's Go Les Expo!"

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@rubiconx0 That could be because Boras' new strategy with Drew is to sign after opening day as to avoid the same situation as this offseason where the loss of a draft pick hurt his value in the open market as a team will not being able to make him a qualifying offer if he signs during the regular season. Although I seriously doubt that to be the case.

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@rubiconx0 This team is not afraid to make trades. They're just not going to trade a premium prospect for some guy who wasn't good enough to win a spring training shortstop competition.

Erik Daguanno
Erik Daguanno

Their best option is to let Wilmer play short in the minors and come up when he's ready.

The difference between Drew and Tejada is not as significant as you might think it is.

upstaphan
upstaphan

@tullydew Its stupid. Lets not play a game on saturday or sunday when 90% of the population is off work, but play it on monday afternoon when no one is home. I mean if you want better ratings and attendance would it not make 1000 times more sense to play on saturday and sunday than Monday afternoon and off day tuesday????

Joe Balsamo
Joe Balsamo

There's a huge difference you think Ruben can hit 13 Hr 67RBI and play GG defense?

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@upstaphan @tullydew  The games that bad teams bank on getting decent crowds are Opening Day, weekend games, and rivalry games (in Mets case, the Yankees).

Why would they double-up by putting OD on a weekend?  It's one of only 3 games (the 2 Yankee games being the others) when they can guarantee getting close to a sellout.

I've been to every Mets opener since 1995, and they have all been on a weekday.