MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 1:10 PM (SNY)

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With Opening Day just 12 days away, Terry Collins plans on playing his regulars more now as they run out the string in Grapefruit League play.

Zack Wheeler takes the hill today against Ervin Santana and the Braves at 1:10 pm at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. The game will be broadcast live on SNY.

Here is the starting lineup:

  1. Eric Young Jr., 2B
  2. Ruben Tejada, SS
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson, RF
  5. Chis Young, LF
  6. Ike Davis, 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  9. Juan Lagares, CF

Collins is batting pitcher Zack Wheeler eighth today, ahead of Juan Lagares, after telling reporters last week of his intentions to use this strategy.

Ike Davis returns to the lineup a day after Terry Collins said either Davis (calf) or Lucas Duda (hamstring) would be ready to play against Atlanta.

Daniel Murphy is still out with a sore leg and hasn’t played since Sunday when he went 3-for-3 with a double. Eric Young starts in his place at second.

Jon Niese is expected to resume throwing today after getting an MRI and cortisone shot in his elbow earlier this week in New York. Adam Rubin reported he will open the season on the disabled list, but should still pitch during the team’s first homestand on April 6.

In an interview with Andy Martino, SNY asks him if Matt Harvey is “a monster that can’t be corralled.” Seriously? Wow, it looks like they’re not going to let this go. This is why the Mets can’t have nice things.

FanGraphs had this to say about Gavin Cecchini, “Don’t like him nearly as much as brother Garin. Has been very ordinary in two rookie ball seasons to date. Below average power and speed, limited physical projection – I’m not seeing the impact.”

Enjoy the game and Lets Go Mets!

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