Jacob deGrom has won the beyond National League Cy Young awards, and the New York Mets flip to their ace as they host the Atlanta Braves in Friday’s lengthy-not on time season opener. The right-hander placed a scare into the Mets while he skilled lower back tightness remaining week, but after a precautionary MRI and an trouble-free, 60-pitch simulated recreation Sunday, deGrom will make his 2nd consecutive Opening Day start.
The Mets want deGrom to be at his high-quality from the beginning of this 60-recreation season, considering fellow ace Noah Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgical operation in March and starter Marcus Stroman landed on the injured listing Wednesday with a torn muscle in his left calf. The Braves start their quest for a 3rd consecutive NL East identify with 20 video games in 20 days, and possibly no person on Atlanta’s roster is happier to be returned than Freddie Freeman. The All-Star first baseman examined fine for the coronavirus as summer camp commenced, lacking extra than weeks of motion earlier than being cleared July 17. Freeman, who hit .295 with 38 homers and 121 RBIs a season in the past, played in 3 intrasquad video games and two exhibition contests in opposition to Miami without a health problems.