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New York Mets Game Preview: Grapefruit League Opener

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Hours away from the first pitch of the 2014 Grapefruit League season, the New York Mets lineup for today’s game versus the Washington Nationals has been released:

Chris Young, LF
Ruben Tejada, SS
Curtis Granderson, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Josh Satin, 3B
Lucas Duda, DH
Wilmer Flores, 2B
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Juan Lagares, CF

Rafael Montero (RHP) gets the start.

Young, Lagares and Granderson in the outfield is no surprise, but keep particular watch on Lagares at the plate – he has to hit early on to stay off the bench and out of the minors.

With Davis and Duda both in the game, again look for their respective approaches at the plate to see if one or the other gets the early edge in the competition for Opening Day starter. Both players face an uncertain future with the Mets if they put in a subpar spring.

No David Wright or Daniel Murphy, as manager Terry Collins prefers to selectively rest veterans until the team gets deeper into March. Instead, enjoy a glimpse of Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores at third and second, respectively. Both players are hoping to lock down a utility infield role with the Mets.

Montero has an outside shot at the fifth rotation spot and a strong few innings to show his control is “on” early won’t hurt his case. Still, expect him to start the year with the triple-A Las Vegas 51s. On the other side of the field, the Mets face second-year starter Taylor Jordan, who in nine starts with Washington last season went 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA in a total of 58.1 IP. Bryce Harper won’t be in the lineup for the Nationals, though he says there are no lingering effects from offseason knee surgery.

They’re not quite real yet, but let the games begin!

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