If everyday was Opening Day for the New York Mets, oh what a wonderful world it would be. The Mets continued their season opening mastery with a 7-1 victory over the Florida Marlins for their fifth straight Opening Day win and improved their overall record to 32-17, both Major League records.
Johan Santana outdueled Marlins ace Josh Johnson and pitched a solid game allowing just one run on four hits in six innings pitched while striking out five. His fastball had great movement, but more importantly he was able to get his changeup over and had it working well.
Fernando Nieve relieved Santana and tossed two scoreless innings, while Frankie Rodriguez finished up in the ninth with a perfect inning in a non-save situation.
David Wright provided the big blow and extinguished any fears about his power decline with a two run opposite field blast that put the Mets up 2-0 in the first inning. Everyone can now exhale…
Despite all the moaning and groaning about Gary Matthews Jr. starting in centerfield, he went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored today, and was also very busy in the field today tackling the high winds swirling around in center, and made some nice plays in the process. It was definitely an adventure out there and it gave me a new found appreciation for Carlos Beltran who always makes it look so easy.
Our two biggest free agents signings; Jason Bay and Rod Barajas, combined for four hits, while right fielder Jeff Francoeur shocked the sabermetric world with a walk, a double that dropped in no-mans land, a productive out and two RBI’s. He also had a lot of fun kicking and tossing a beach ball around with some of the fans hanging out at the Pepsi Porch.
Mike Jacobs, Alex Cora and Luis Castillo combined to go 0-12 in the top four spots in the lineup, and they left six runners on base. Jacobs looked particularly bad striking out twice on pitches that were away and in the dirt.
Hey all in all it was a great win and if they do it again on Wednesday, well then you would have what’s called a winning streak. By the looks of this very poor Marlins team, that certainly looks like a good possibility.
Johan Santana for being the warrior we needed him to be today!
The Mets do it all over again on Wednesday, when John Maine takes the mound against Ricky Nolasco at 7:10 PM. Johnny be good! LGM