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Max Scherzer makes his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. FOLLOW: MLB.coms GameDay audio. This afternoon, in Jupiter, Floridas Roger Dean Stadium, the 32-year-old righty is set to make his Grapefruit League debut after working his way back from a stress fracture in his right ring finger.
In 2016 the Mets did indeed return to the postseason, though they were one-and-done in the NL Wild Card Game because Madison Bumgarner is a postseason demigod not even Thor himself could defeat. Watching your season end in that way is a bitter pill to swallow. The Mets retained Yoenis Cespedes over the winter and will go into 2017 with nearly the same exact roster as the one that won a 2016 wild card. The Mets are heavy on power -- power bats and power arms in the rotation and bullpen. They do have some defensive concerns, especially in the outfield, and this isn’t a team that will steal many bases either. The Mets scored 51.1 percent of their runs on home runs last year, second most in baseball,
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with mild herniation of a disk in his lower back, making it doubtful that the veteran will be ready for Opening Day. Ethier received an epidural injection and will be shut down from baseball activity for seven to 10 days. Ethier, who turns 35 years old next month, missed almost all of the 2016 season with a broken leg. He was hoping to grab at least a part-time role in left field, but it appears that won’t be the case to start the season. Andrew Toles is the player most likely to see increased playing time in Ethier’s absence. Ethier has a club option worth $17.5 million with a $2.5 million buyout for the 2018