Mets fans suffered a brutal fate to start their 2021 season, as Opening Day was postponed until at least Saturday due to COVID-19.
At least one, potentially two, positive COVID-19 cases in the Washington Nationals clubhouse forced MLB’s hand. The team is undergoing contact tracing on Thursday, and the hope is that the outbreak is contained enough for the Nationals to continue playing, minus a few contributors.
For the Mets, this was supposed to be the regular season debut of Francisco Lindor for New York. Instead, Lindor will have to wait, but still has plenty to get excited about after signing a 10-year, $341 million contract late on Wednesday night.
Marcus Stroman can’t believe Mets Opening Day was postponed
Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman, who was scheduled to pitch over the weekend, was especially excited for the unofficial start of spring. His feelings likely stand for the majority of baseball fans hoping to watch the new-look Mets on Opening Day.
Stroman is only a year removed from an All-Star appearance, and didn’t pitch in the 2020 season due to the pandemic. So for the 29-year-old, being forced to wait yet another day is especially grueling.
The Mets were projected to win 96 games in 2021 per PECOTA, and win the NL East in the process. The Nationals and Braves will likely have something to say about that, while even the Marlins made the expanded playoffs in the shortened 2020 season.
Despite all the hype, Stroman and the Mets will have to wait a few days.