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All the Mets are sick and Daniel Murphy is missing Opening Day because his wife is in labor

Mar 31, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy won’t be in the Opening Day lineup because his wife went into labor with their first child, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Murphy played all but one game last season, logging 697 plate appearances to rank sixth in the league. (Also: Congrats!)

And because these things always seem to happen to the Mets and there’s no sense in wasting any time continuing that for 2014, manager Terry Collins told Rubin that 4-5 players are “fighting the flu.”

Outfielder Chris Young is apparently one of them, because the Mets’ official Twitter account just announced that he’ll sit out Opening Day due to sickness, although previously Collins indicated that Young also has a quadriceps injury that would keep him from playing.

  1. nymets4ever - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Uuh…illnesses go through clubhouses all the time, with many teams, in all sports. So maybe you should spend less time pettily trying to push the lolMets narrative and more time worrying that all the Twins’ top prospects are hurt and Ricky Nolasco is your ace. lol

    • kevinbnyc - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      I don’t think he was pushing the lolMets narrative. I think he was just pointing out they’re already in mid-season form.

  2. renaado - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Wow… Bad break for the Mets.

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Good for Murph. As much as I miss them in the lineup, I’m always happy when a guy takes a day or two for the birth of a child.

    Poor David Wright, though. Hitting third, behind guys with .318 and .281 OBPs last year. Get ready for some kind of narrative about how he can’t drive in runs.

  4. sdelmonte - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    They’ll still win. They always do well on opening day. It’s all the other games we worry about.

    Though the weather is rotten. Further argument for having as many cold weather teams open on the road as possible, instead of having LA and SD play each other. (I keep thinking how silly it is for the Yankees to open against their “arch rival” Houston, but it does make some sense, in terms of weather and in terms of making sure there are seats filled.)

  5. djandujar - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I’d be sick too if I had to look at a Mets team around me.

    • tsi431 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Mets have a pretty decent team. Not World Series great, but easily Wild Card contention, even without Harvey. Even more so, the second half of the season when the young guns (Thor and Montero) can come up without giving up arbitration rights.

      • chc4 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        No they don’t. The Mets will stink this year. Young and Granderson aren’t very good at all. Losing Harvey is a killer. And the bullpen?Egads.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        I’m a Mets fan. They suck this year. Sorry.

  6. cincinata - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    What is this, 1969? This team will need another miracle to get into the playoffs.

  7. Big Ant TV - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Bad weather ugh this gloomy cold weather is cold & flu weather

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      I think people that go to games in April in the northeast are nuts. I did one time in 93 and it was awful. Like 40 degrees and windy. Never again. July and August sound much better. 85 and hot and sunny.

      • Big Ant TV - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        yess and we still lost the bullpen hasnt been fixed and we suck 2015 will be the year im keep an eye ont he mets this summer i give them 80-85 wins

  8. bigharold - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    “Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy won’t be in the Opening Day lineup…”

    Since it’s raining and snowing on LI he might make opening day yet.

  9. thebadguyswon - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Wow….the nerve of her to go into labor on Opening Day. Wench.

    • arrow43050 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Isn’t that what Labor Day is supposed to be for?

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:08 PM


  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    “Opening day, and here’s the first pitch — and the season’s over.”

    Seth McFarlane, or Nostra-freakin-damus? You decide…

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      I thought of that same clip this morning. It’s spot on….again.

  11. Old Gator - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    I sure hope the Wilpoons kept the team’s health insurance current – or, if it’s provided by the “union,” made their share of the payments to the fund. You never know with those guys.

  12. bbk1000 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Whatever….Terry Collins mismanaged the game today….He isn’t given a lot, but he makes bad decisions..

    A closer who could throw a 100 mph fastball without issue (or movement for that matter) at one point will work better at 90 mph….clearly it does….Terry, nice move….it must be the knuckleball. I see fans parking, buying tickets and getting in their seats faster than Parnell’s fastball hits the plate…yea, kidding.

    Thanks to the Wilpon family…..what a product…..

    I’m all about next year, but I just don’t believe their owners…….

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