The Mets 2020 season begins just as the last one ended – with a home game against the Braves.
MLB is expected to release the official schedule this week, with the Braves at Citi Field on July 24 to start the Mets season, The Post has been told. The NL East East rivals last met each other in a 2017 opener.
The Post’s Joel Sherman and Andrew Marchand reported last week that the MLB’s plan is to start the season with the Yankees at the Nationals in a national video game July 23. MLB has been waiting to announce the schedule to allow for changes that may occur due to coronavirus problems in some regions.
During a season of 60 games, the Mets are scheduled to face opponents from NL East and AL East, reducing travel.
The Braves finished last season at Citi Field ̵
Amed Rosario and Marcus Stroman have not trained with the team, but manager Luis Rojas indicated that he expects both players to start participating “soon.” Stroman tweeted that he will be joining the team on Sunday.
“They are in progression and we expect them to come soon,” Rojas said. “We might have them [Sunday] here. We amaze the guys, we bring the guys in three sessions and we come up with a daily strategy to make sure we comply with the protocol to maximize social distance. “
Rojas is enthusiastic about the veteran players who were added to the 60-man pool this week, a role that includes Melky Cabrera, Gordon Beckham, Hunter Strickland and Jared Hughes.
“These guys have been successful in the big league and they can be good assets for us as well,” Rojas said. “We look at the whole picture here of the guys in the camp and have the vision that they can help us.”
Defender Cabrera is a candidate to play first base, if needed, according to Rojas. But the Mets are also well on the scene, with Pete Alonso and Smith.