Morning Briefing: Again, a waiting game for Mets baseball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The New York Mets arrived in the Big Apple late Tuesday after a season-opening split in Kansas City. Now they will have to wait two more days for their home opener.

After enjoying a full day off, the Mets will receive their National League championship rings in a private ceremony and work out at Citi Field on Thursday. They finally entertain the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:10 p.m. ET on Friday.

Rusty Staub, John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo will help raise the NL championship banner during a pregame ceremony. Members of the cast of Broadway's "Hamilton" will sing the national anthem, followed by an NYPD helicopter flyover.

"It will be nice to get home, get settled into everybody's places to live, go to a workout on Thursday and then get ready to play and take care of business at home," David Wright said. "That's what we did such a nice job of last year. We played well at home (49-32). We played well in the division (47-29). That's both this weekend."

Said Neil Walker before departing Kansas City: "I think we're all looking forward to getting settled in. We've gone from Florida to Vegas to here, with lots of off-days in between. As baseball players, you're kind of excited about getting into a routine and the continuity of the baseball season. These next two days leading into Friday for us are going to feel like an eternity. But we're going to be ready to go. Citi Field is going to be rocking on Friday, and we're excited for it."

Unless the birth of his first child causes him to take a detour to Florida, Jacob deGrom will receive the honor of starting the home opener opposite Philadelphia right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Steven Matz is on standby to fill in, although the Mets did not rule out Bartolo Colon, either. DeGrom's wife Stacey was due on Tuesday.

The Mets' plan, barring interruption, is for deGrom to pitch Friday, Colon on Saturday and Matt Harvey on Sunday, with Matz opening the following series against the Miami Marlins on Monday.

Terry Collins said he wanted Harvey and deGrom to get the two openers out of respect for their 2015 contributions.

Said Collins: "In spring training … I met with Matt and I met with Jake and I said, 'Listen, for me, there's two major openers for us. One is here in Kansas City playing them. And one is at home in front of our fans on Friday afternoon. And we're going to raise a flag, too. Not the championship flag, but the National League flag.' I think it's a big start. And I thought Jake deserved that start."


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