Before you know it, Opening Day for Major League Baseball will be in front and center of the sports world. It’s one of the most optimistic times in sports, as every team starts from zero, trying to earn their spot in the postseason. Speaking of optimism, the amount around the New York Mets clubhouse is staggering. After a few dark seasons, the Mets seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel with their young pitching becoming the backbone of the team. The excitement is pouring into ticket prices for Opening Day, which we’ll review below.
After the Mets begin their season with two road series against the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves, they come home to Citi Field to celebrate the beginning of a new season, and hopefully a new winning culture on April 13th against the Philadelphia Phillies. These two clubs pinned against each other is a good draw even without the allure of Opening Day.
According to RazorGator.com, the average ticket price is $215.70, and the get-in price for Mets tickets vs. Philadelphia is around just $53, which is a quality deal for the building and rising attitude towards the 2015 New York Mets.
A pitching staff chock full of young, rising stars gets a boost from the return of Matt Harvey, who missed all of 2014 with Tommy John surgery. He joins 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom, Zach Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon. The Mets even have young arms waiting in the wings, ready for their call up from the minor leagues.
Harvey recently made his return to the mound in a Mets Spring Training game and looked like the Harvey Mets’ fans know and love. The Mets ace threw 25 pitches against the Tigers over two perfect innings, hit 99 mph on the radar gun and unleashed a curveball that is going to make a few major league hitters look silly this season.
For the offense, the Mets added a power bat to their lineup signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract. Cuddyer hit .331 with 20 home runs and 84 RBI in 2013 and hit .332 with 10 home runs in 49 games in 2014. Cuddyer joins a lineup that includes: David Wright, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud.
2014 NL Gold Glove award winner Juan Lagares controls the middle of the outfield with Curtis Granderson and Cuddyer on either side of him.
Even though atop the division, in theory, are the World Series favorite Washington Nationals, the Mets should be able to gain traction on both the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves who are projected to finish as the bottom of the division. Terry Collins has a chance to lead this team to a National League Wildcard spot, and hopefully make some noise in the postseason with their pitching staff.