MMO Game Thread: Opening Day For Mets Minor League Affiliates!

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Las Vegas 51s vs El Paso Chihuahuas, 10:05 p.m. ET

51s Lineup 

  1. Matt den Dekker, CF
  2. Gavin Cecchini, 2B
  3. Dominic Smith, 1B
  4. Bryce Brentz, RF
  5. Zach Borenstein, LF
  6. David Thompson, 3B
  7. Luis Guillorme, SS
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Corey Oswalt, RHP

Starting PitcherCorey Oswalt, RHP

Game Notes 

Oswalt, Mets 2017 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, gets the Opening Day starter with Zack Wheeler going the second game for the 51s. Dominic Smith is expected to play about five innings in his first action since the game one of the Grapefruit League schedule.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs Portland Sea Dogs, 6:35 p.m. ET

Rumble Ponies Lineup 

  1. Andrew Ely, SS
  2. Peter Alonso, 1B
  3. Patrick Mazeika, DH
  4. Tomas Nido, C
  5. Kevin Taylor, RF
  6. John Mora, CF
  7. Tim Tebow, LF
  8. Levi Michael, 2B
  9. Jeff McNeil, 3B

Starting PitcherDrew Gagnon, RHP

Game Notes

Gagnon, 27, get the Opening Day nod after pitching to a 6.25 ERA in the Angels organization at the Triple-A level last season. Over the course of 26 seasons, 728 different players have worn a Binghamton Mets or Rumble Ponies jersey. Of those players, 312 also played in the Major Leagues.

St. Lucie Mets vs Bradenton Marauders 6:30 p.m. ET

Mets Lineup

  1. Jacob Zanon, LF
  2. Andres Gimenez, SS
  3. Desmond Lindsay, CF
  4. Brandon Brosher, DH
  5. Luis Carpio, 2B
  6. Dash Winningham, 1B
  7. Michael Paez, 3B
  8. Gene Cone, RF
  9. Jose Garcia, C

Starting PitcherJustin Dunn, RHP

Game Notes

Dunn is repeating with St. Lucie after a rough first full season in the minors last year. The 2016 first round pick had a 5.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 95.1 innings in 2017 for St. Lucie.

Columbia Fireflies vs Augusta GreenJackets 7:05 p.m. ET

Fireflies Lineup

  1. Edgardo Fermin, SS
  2. Blake Tiberi, 2B
  3. Matt Winaker, LF
  4. Jeremy Vasquez, 1B
  5. Quinn Brodey, CF
  6. Rigoberto Terrazas, 3B
  7. Raphael Gladu, RF
  8. Scott Manea, C
  9. Walter Rasquin, DH

Starting PitcherTony Dibrell, RHP

Game Notes

Dibrell will be making his first pro start after 12 relief appearances for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2017. He was the Mets fourth round pick last year and 28 strikeouts in 19.2 innings though he also posted a 5.03 ERA in that span.

Programming Notes

Las Vegas, Binghamton and Columbia can all be seen on MiLB.tv and you can listen to the St. Lucie Mets on the TuneIn app. 

Injury Notes

Mets 2017 first round pick David Peterson will start the season in Extended Spring Training because of a minor arm injury. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that he’s expected to join the Columbia Fireflies in the next 10 days.

Right-handed pitcher Bryce Hutchinson will miss the entire 2018 season after having arm surgery last month, the exact details aren’t known.

Colby Woodmansee had surgery on a hip impingement and will miss the 2018 season.

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