3 Up and 3 Down: Frying The Friars Edition
The New York Mets wind up winning two out of three games in opening series against the San Diego Padres. All three games featured excellent starting pitching for the Mets, and the first two games featured some pretty decent offense for the Amazins’ too! Here are the 3&3 for the series.
Matt Harvey: The kid was outstanding – make that brilliant – in Wednesday night’s game. Matt Harvey tossed seven shutout innings, and struck out ten batters while allowing just one hit. From the outset of the game, it was apparent that Harvey was on top of his game and even mixing in a new and very effective changeup into his arsenal. If Harvey is the future ace of this staff, the future does indeed look promising.
Jon Niese: Opening Day starter Jon Niese also turned in a stellar performance on Monday afternoon, going 6.2 innings and allowing just two earned runs. I’ve wondered in the past if Niese is a front of the rotation guy, his performance on Monday proved that he could be.
Going, Going, Gone: New Met Collin Cowgill with a grand slam on Opening Day, Duda, Buck and Ike showing off their muscles on Wednesday Night and hitting the sights (Duda the Pepsi Porch, Buck the MoZone and Ike the Shea Bridge), and Buck again on Thursday afternoon. Nice to see some longballs from this team.
No Sweep: The offense could only muster one run on Thursday, the previously mentioned John Buck home run. We’re not going to win many games if we can’t score.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Personally, I’ve stopped going to games in April, because it’s just too darn cold at Citi Field (it was also nippy at Shea in April). It had to be tough for players and fans alike on Wednesday night. I know we broke the record low on Long Island Wednesday night. MLB needs to consider having the cold weather teams play the opening week in the warm weather cities. The Mets next road trip features Minnesota and Colorado. At least we’ll be able to see Keith’s coat with the fur trim – and what about those crazy gloves?!
Dual Home Openers: For the first time in Mets history, they shared Opening Day home openers with the hated Yankees. Opening Day is a special day, for both New York teams. Call me a traditionalist, but each team should have a day in the sun to call their own. Of course it was great the Mets won on Opening Day, while the most expensive team in baseball lost. Hee hee hee…
Guess what? The Miami Marlins are in town this weekend, sans Jose Reyes and everyone else they loaded up with two offseasons ago. A cold Friday night game and afternoon games Saturday and Sunday.
Dress warmly and Let’s Go Mets!!
About the Author: Gregg Hopps
Gregg lives on Long Island, and has been a Mets fan since Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose slugged it out in the 1973 playoffs. "Keith Hernandez is the best defensive first baseman to ever have played baseball."
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