Mets fans, take heart. There are new faces in the Mets‘ lineup—slugger Jason Bay, Rod Barajas, and Gary Matthews Jr. And there’s more to be excited about: By the time you read this, there’s a good chance José Reyes and Carlos Beltrán will be back. The Cubbies finished over .500 last season and were a respectable second in their division, and Cubs manager Lou Piniella, though he can no longer be called “fiery,” has always been a big New York fan favorite. Also watch for first baseman Derrek Lee, one of the league’s premiere sluggers. Added bonus: If the rotation holds, you might get to see the great Johan Santana pitch. Tickets on StubHub range from $9 to $165 (Yes, we said $9. It’s outfield upper deck—or Promenade, as they call it—but you’ve still got a seat in the stadium for under ten bucks! Try matching that in the Bronx.)

Wed., April 21, 7:10 p.m., 2010