Opening Day 2021 is just a few days away with all 30 MLB teams scheduled to play. The New York Mets are scheduled to open their season in Washington against the Nationals. Jacob deGrom will start for New York. First pitch is set for 7:09 p.m.
Due to COVID-19, MLB has instituted strict safety protocols which limits fan attendance. According to MLB:
COVID-19 will continue to affect the MLB schedule in 2021, especially throughout Spring Training and early in the regular season. That will extend to both fans (in terms of how many are allowed to attend games) and players (who once again will have to abide by health and safety protocols, throughout Spring Training, the regular season and the postseason).
Whether you will be watching from the stands or the comfort of your home, be prepared for some adjustments to the rules of play.
- Doubleheaders will feature seven-inning games, and when any game goes to extra innings, a runner will be placed on second base to begin each half-inning.
- Rosters have expanded to 26 players throughout the season and will expand to 28 players in September.
- Clubs may bring a “Taxi Squad” of up to five players on all road trips, in order to have reinforcements available in the event of injuries or COVID-related issues.