Mets Game Notes: deGrom bats 8th, Mets wear 42

Jacob deGrom, who is perfectly fine and just asked for an extra days rest even though I’ve never heard of a pitcher ever doing that, will bat EIGHT tonight as we see the first signs of Luis Rojas panicking.

LHP Joey Lucchesi who was the 5th starter and you were all OK with that has been optioned to the team’s Alternate Training Site.  Wow.

LHP Stephen Tarpley has been recalled from the Alternate Training Site.   @mediagoon now shops at Dick’s Sporting Goods and has acquired his jersey.

Tonight, the Mets will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Citi Field…The team was originally schedule to celebrate Robinson’s legacy on April 15 against the Phillies, but the game was postponed due to rain…Luis Rojas, coaches and player will #42 today to commemorate the anniversary of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947…MLB retired Robinson’s number throughout the Majors in 1997 in ceremony at Shea Stadium and every player and all on-field personnel has worn his Number 42 during games scheduled on Jackie Robinson Day since 2009…In addition to the Jerseys, the Mets Scoreboard will feature various videos honoring Robinson and his legacy during the game.

Tonight, the Mets will hold a moment of silence to remember Tom Robson and Marty Resnick…Robson served several roles in the organization including hitting coach and a bench coach from 1999- 00 and 2002…He passed away at the age of 75…Resnick began working at Shea Stadium as an usher in 1975…For forty-six years, he was a beloved member of the Mets family, guiding fans to their seats at both Shea and Citi Field through the beginning of the 2021 season…He passed away last week at the age of 85.

Pete Alonso is back baby and has homered in back-to-back games for the first time this season…He clubbed his fourth home run of the year and his 73rd of his career last night…His 73 home runs since he entered the league in 2019 is the most in the majors…Alonso already ranks 27th on the Mets All-Time list…He has homered in three straight games thrice before in his career.  Whatever you do don’t bring up his OBP which is under .300, and so is Dom Smith’s!!! Obviously JD Davis should be the every day first baseman!

Pete wore blue sleeves last night in compliance with MLB rules.