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Mets Announce Starting Lineup and Pitcher for Game 1 of NL Wild Card Series

Tyler Maher
The New York Mets have announced their starting lineup for Game 1 of the 2022 NL Wild Card Series against the San Diego Padres.
The New York Mets have announced their starting lineup for Game 1 of the 2022 NL Wild Card Series against the San Diego Padres. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Despite coming up just short in the NL East race, the New York Mets are still back in the postseason for the first time since 2016. The Mets will kick off the NL Wild Card Series against the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Citi Field.

With first pitch slated for 8:07 p.m. ET, New York has released its starting lineup ahead of Game 1.

Mets Lineup Game 1

The Mets finished the regular season tied for fifth in runs scored with the St. Louis Cardinals, and it's not hard to see why. Their lineup is absolutely stacked and should be able to put some runs on the board for starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

On-base machine Brandon Nimmo will lead things off for New York, followed by star shortstop Francisco Lindor and MLB batting champion Jeff McNeil. That's a pretty good appetizer for NL MVP candidate Pete Alonso, who swatted 40 home runs and paced MLB with 131 RBIs this year.

The bottom half of the lineup features dangerous bats such as Daniel Vogelbach, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar, but the big surprise is the return of Starling Marte. The All-Star outfielder hasn't played since Sept. 6 due to a finger injury, but he's back in the lineup on Friday. He may be a bit rusty after a month on the shelf, though.

Tomas Nido bats last and will catch for Scherzer, who's making the 22nd postseason start of his distinguished career but his first with New York. The three-time Cy Young winner has been a playoff fixture for the past decade, as this marks his ninth trip to the postseason since 2011.

With a grizzled World Series champion like Scherzer on the bump, the Mets have to feel good about their chances. New York is listed as a -162 moneyline favorite for this game on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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