Baseball is back!!
Is it just me, or did this winter last forever?
Well, I wouldn’t put away the jackets and long pants just yet, but baseball is finally here!
The Mets continued their dominance on opening day as they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4.
Lot of interesting stories here on Opening Day, so let’s get right into it.
Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and became the second Mets pitcher ever to record at least 10 strikeouts on Opening Day. (Pedro Martinez was the other. He notched 12 in 2005.)
Thor gave up two home runs. Of course Yadier Molina hit one. 10 strikeouts and no walks is what I’m taking away from this game, not the four earned runs.
Oh boy, the Mets brought their bats with them today. The Mets scored 9 runs without the benefit of a home run which is surprising. Time after time, the Mets came through with men on base and two outs. Very encouraging indeed.
Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and 3 RBIs, all coming with two outs.
Brandon Nimmo, who ran away with the starting center field job this spring, had two hits and scored twice. Known for his great eye at the plate he also drew a walk.
Our shortstop of the future, Amed Rosario got two hits, drove in a pair and scored twice hitting in the ninth spot behind the pitcher.
Kevin Plawecki, continuing his hot spring had a huge day. He had two hits, walked twice, drove in two and scored a run. Raise your hand if you thought he’d be the Opening Day catcher.
What did I tell you about Adrian Gonzalez! Told you I loved this move! Ok. That’s a lie. He did have a great debut today though.
The pitching was just fantastic. 15 strikeouts and 1 walk. Robert Gsellman was the first Met out of the bullpen and struck out the side in a very impressive showing. New acquisition Anthony Swarzak had a flawless 8th inning and added a strikeout. Jeurys Familia walked one struck out one and didn’t allow a hit as he closed the door on the Cardinals.
Now we wait again. Mets have an off day tomorrow and Jacob deGrom pitches Saturday.
Baseball is back and the Mets are in first place. What a time to be alive!