New York Mets plan Friday lineup against Arizona Diamondbacks

It will be a welcome homecoming for the Mets on Friday.

After a month and a half away from New York with spring training and seven regular season games between Washington and Philadelphia, opening day at Citi Field is finally here. The Mets kick off a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks starting at 1:05 p.m. Friday.

The day will be packed with events, including the unveiling of the statue of Tom Seaver in front of the stadium in a ceremony at 10.30am. Owners Steve and Alex Cohen, along with Seaver’s widow Nancy and daughters Sarah and Anne will be in attendance, along with Hall of Fame wide receiver Mike Piazza.

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The annual Shea Family Flower Show will take place 35 minutes before the first pitch.

The game also coincides with Jackie Robinson Day, and players, managers and coaches will wear his famous No. 42 on their backs. The first 25,000 fans will receive a Jackie Robinson t-shirt.

For participants, the stadium car parks will open at 9:40 a.m. The gates to Citi Field will open to the public at 10:40 a.m.

The Mets are looking to build on a strong 5-2 start to the season with series wins over the Nationals and Phillies. Mets starting pitchers have combined for a 1.28 ERA in seven games.

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Chris Bassitt struck out eight in six scoreless innings with three hits and one walk in a 5-0 win over the Nationals. He is in line to make the first start at Citi Field on Friday.

Mets projected roster

1. Brandon Nimmo CF

2. Starling Marte RF

3. Francisco Lindor SS

4. Pete Alonso 1B

5. Eduardo Escobar 3B

6. Robinson Cano DH

7. Mark Canha LF

8. Jeff McNeil 2B

9. James McCann C

P – Chris Bassitt (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Andrew Tredinnick is the Mets beats editor for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analytics, news, deals and more, please sign up today and download our app.

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