NEW YORK — As I write this at 9:30 a.m., the tarp is on the field here. The temperature is 36 degrees. There’s a light rain — and even a couple of icy-looking things — falling from the sky. And yet … let’s play ball!
Yes, it’s Opening Day, and they are expected to play today at Citi Field, where the weather is supposed to clear out before first pitch at 1:10 p.m. Stephen Strasburg makes his third straight Opening Day start; he allowed one run over 14 total innings the last two years. Dillon Gee gets the nod for the Mets, taking over the ace role with Matt Harvey and Jonathan Niese injured. Second baseman Daniel Murphy also won’t be in the lineup today, having left the team to be with his wife, who is due to give birth.