- Curtis Granderson (L) RF
- David Wright (R) 3B
- Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
- Lucas Duda (L) 1B
- Neil Walker (S) 2B
- Michael Conforto (L) DH
- Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
- Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
- Juan Lagares (R) CF
- SP: Matt Harvey RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
- Alcides Escobar (R) SS
- Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
- Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
- Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
- Kendrys Morales (S) DH
- Alex Gordon (L) LF
- Salvador Perez (R) C
- Omar Infante (R) 2B
- Reymond Fuentes (L) RF
- SP: Edinson Volquez RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN.
METS-ROYALS NOTES: The Mets are 4-5 vs. the Royals during the regular season, including 1-2 at Kaufman Stadium.
OPENING DAY: The Mets are set to open their 55th season tonight…In the history of Major League Baseball, the Mets (35-19, .648) have the best winning percentage on Opening Day.
WORLD SERIES RE-MATCH: This is the first time in major league history that the two teams that met in the previous World Series, opened the following season against each other. Also, this is the first time in MLB history that the two starting pitchers of the final game of the World Series also face each other the following Opening Day.
VS. AL: This is also the first time in club history that the Mets begin the year vs. an American League club…New York went 9-11 in Interleague action last season…Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 166-156 (.516)…The .516 winning percentage in Interleague play is the second-best all-time among NL clubs behind St. Louis (154-141, .522).
FOR THE FIRST TIME: Six Mets are taking part in their first career Opening Day…The list includes: Eric Campbell, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Kevin Plawecki, Hansel Robles and Noah Syndergaard.
MATT HARVEY: Will make his first career Opening Day start tonight…Harvey will be the Mets’ sixth different starting pitcher in the last six years, joining Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese, Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey…He will be the 24th different pitcher to start on Opening Day for the Mets…Tom Seaver holds the record with 12 Opening Day nods.
NOTABLE METS HITTERS VS. VOLQUEZ:
- Lucas Duda: .364 (4-11, 1 2B, 3 BB).
- Juan Lagares: .375 (3-8, 1 2B, 1 RBI).
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .308 (4-13, 1 HR, 3 RBI).
COULD IT BE FATE: The last time the Kansas City Royals came into the season as reigning World Series Champions (1985 champions), the New York Mets won the World Series (1986). It is also the 30 year anniversary of the New York Mets last World Series Championship.