There isn’t a silver lining.
Luis Rojas was offered the query in a number of kinds Saturday, however the Mets supervisor couldn’t discover a lot good to come back from the four-day layoff wherein his staff was entrenched after MLB postponed the opening collection in Washington for security causes, with 4 Nationals gamers testing constructive for COVID-19.
OK, possibly there was one constructive: Rojas may watch different MLB video games and take notes.
“It’s form of bizarre,” Rojas mentioned. “I watched a ton of video games [Friday] night time and highlights, so I feel we are able to take one thing out of it. You watch, you see a few of the issues you’ll be able to element from a few of the stuff you see down the street as nicely. You possibly can write them down, take notes. There’s some alternatives although it’s form of bizarre. We’re doing our greatest although the circumstances aren’t the specified ones.”
On Saturday, the Mets performed a simulated sport at Nationals Park after a 3rd straight day of exercises. They’ll maintain one other exercise Sunday earlier than touring to Philadelphia for his or her scheduled opener Monday night time.
“It’s a bizarre feeling,” James McCann mentioned. “It’s like a child on Christmas morning trying ahead to Opening Day after which have it taken away and sitting there and watch different groups play and never attending to play. I feel two phrases can be ‘robust’ and ‘unusual.’ ”
Jacob deGrom stays the scheduled starter for the opener, with Marcus Stroman and David Peterson set for the next two video games. Taijuan Walker is scheduled to begin Thursday’s residence opener in opposition to the Marlins, and Rojas mentioned he stays undecided if he’ll revert to deGrom for the fifth sport, following a time off, or begin lefty Joey Lucchesi, maybe paired with an opener.
DeGrom final confronted hitters on March 26 in a spring coaching B camp. He threw a facet session Saturday, based on Rojas, and is anxious to get began.
“Jake is in all places, let’s simply say that,” Rojas mentioned. “He’s throwing off the slope, subsequent factor you understand he’s shagging, he’s doing issues, he simply needs to be lively. I feel a few of the guys, they wish to get out of the resort generally and simply be right here working round, however we additionally know we’ve bought to be restricted too and ensure now we have a very good comeback exercise [Sunday].”
The Braves are scheduled to play the Nationals — who will likely be with out a number of gamers following the constructive checks and quarantines — in a three-game collection starting Monday. However Rojas declined to say if he seen the state of affairs as a profit to the Braves, after the Mets misplaced such a possibility to play a weakened staff.
“The overall remark as soon as once more might be it was a letdown initially, when you break the information, since you wish to play,” Rojas mentioned. “However I feel everyone has carried out a very good job shifting gears of what we have to do. We now have bought to have the power to do this, 162-game season, all of the ups and downs you see in baseball.”
McCann additionally refused to cry foul.
“It’s straightforward to sit down again and take a look at that and discuss it’s not honest or no matter you wish to say,” McCann mentioned. “However on the similar time life will not be honest. … It’s 2021, we’re in a pandemic, and also you take care of the playing cards you might be dealt.”