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Game of The Week Preview: Opening Day – Mets v. Royals 8:37 PM

 

Welcome back to the Legends on Deck Game of the Week series. Last season we highlighted teams going up against each other, including news surrounding each organization.

This season we will do much of the same but with a few surprises each week, not limiting to just Sunday night games. We hope to highlight some great pitching match-ups, or clubs vying for playoff spots.

Check back with us each week and enjoy the run through the 2016 MLB season.

For 2016 we will start with the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals.  Both teams fared off against each other in the 2015 World Series, with the Royals winning it all 4-1.

The Mets and Royals have high hopes of returning back to the Fall Classic in 2016, but there are 28 other teams that will do there best to prevent that from happening. Is the 2016 season, which is 30 years since they one their last World Series, the year the Mets finally bring home the title? Will the Royals repeat as champions or will the MLB crown a new King of Baseball?  Only time will tell and a season full of amazing baseball games.

Game Time and Location
Sunday April 3, 2016
8:37 PM ET – Kauffman Stadium

Game Notes

There have been rumors that the Royals were seeking to retaliate against the Mets for when Noah Syndergaard, aka “Thor”, threw a high and tight fastball over the head of lead off hitter Alcides Escobar to begin Game 3.

Matt Harvey, who just recently suffered from Blood Clots in his bladder with be in the mound for the Mets to open the season.

Opening Day Starting Line-ups

To be announced before game time.

Starters:

Mets

Matt Harvey, RHP
2015 stats – 13-8, 2.71 ERA

Royals

Edinson Volquez, RHP
2015 stats – 13-9, 3.55 ERA

Off-Season Transactions

Mets

Losses: INF Daniel Murphy (Free Agent), LHP Jon Niese (Trade with Pirates), Michael Cuddyer (Retired), Ruben Tejada (released during spring training), RHP Buddy Carlyle (Released during spring training), INF Kelly Johnson (Free Agent), OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Waived), INF Juan Uribe (Free Agent), RHP Tyler Clippard (Free Agent),

Additions: OF Yoenis Cespedes (Free Agent), 2B Neil Walker (Trade with Pirates), SS Asdrubal Cabrera (Free Agent), LHP Antonio Bastardo (Free Agent).

Royals

Losses: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (Declined Options), OF Alex Rios (Declined Options), INF/OF Ben Zobrist (Free Agent), RHP Johnny Cueto (Free Agent), RHP Ryan Madson (Free Agent), LHP Franklin Morales (Free Agent),

Additions: LHP Tim Collins (Free Agent), RHP Dillon Gee (Free Agent), RHP Joakim Soria (Free Agent)

2016 25-Man Rosters

Mets

Pitchers

59 Antonio Bastardo LHP
39 Jerry Blevins LHP
40 Bartolo Colon RHP
48 Jacob deGrom RHP
66 Josh Edgin LHP
27 Jeurys Familia RHP
36 Sean Gilmartin LHP
62 Erik Goeddel RHP
33 Matt Harvey RHP
32 Steven Matz LHP
43 Addison Reed RHP
47 Hansel Robles RHP
34 Noah Syndergaard LHP
35 Logan Verrett RHP
45 Zack Wheeler RHP

Catchers (B/T)

7  Travis d’Arnaud R/R
26  Kevin PlaweckiR/R
Infield (B/T)
13 Asdrubal Cabrera S/R
29 Eric Campbell R/R
21 Lucas Duda L/R
Wilmer Flores R/R
15 Matt Reynolds R/R
20 Neil Walker S/R
David Wright R/R

Outfield (B/T)

52 Yoenis Cespedes R/R
30 Michael Conforto L/R
16 Alejandro De Aza L/L
Curtis Granderson L/R
12 Juan Lagares R/R

Royals

Pitchers

55 Tim Collins LHP
17 Wade Davis RHP
41 Danny Duffy LHP
53 Dillon Gee RHP
40 Kelvin Herrera RHP
44 Luke Hochevar RHP
31 Ian Kennedy RHP
39 Kris Medlen RHP
48 Joakim Soria RHP
30 Yordano Ventura RHP
36 Edinson Volquez RHP
32 Chris Young RHP

Catchers (B/T)

Drew Butera R/R
Tony Cruz R/R
13 Salvador Perez R/R

Infield (B/T)

24 Christian Colon R/R
Alcides Escobar R/R
35 Eric Hosmer L/L
14 Omar Infante R/R
27 Raul Mondesi S/R
Mike Moustakas

Outfield (B/T)

Lorenzo Cain R/R
Jarrod Dyson L/R
34 Reymond Fuentes L/L
Alex Gordon L/R
Terrance Gore R/R
16 Paulo Orlando R/R

Designated Hitters (B/T)

25 Kendrys Morales S/R

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