Opening Day Game Preview! Padres at Mets

An article by posted on April 1, 2013

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Opening Day is finally here!

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Collin Cowgill, CF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Lucas Duda, LF
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS
  9. Jon Niese, LHP

Padres Starting Lineup

  1. Chris Denorfia, RF
  2. Everth Cabrera, SS
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Yonder Alonso, 1B
  5. Jedd Gyorko, 2B
  6. Nick Hundley, C
  7. Cody Ransom, 3B
  8. Cameron Maybin, CF
  9. Edinson Volquez, RHP

The Mets open the season at Queens this afternoon with Jon Niese at the helm. Niese had a great season last year where he dropped his ERA to a career low thanks to a better pitch selection. He was 13-9 over 30 starts and 190.1 innings with a 3.40 ERA. He didn’t face the Padres at all in 2012 but in 2011 he was 0-2 in as many starts allowing 6 runs, 5 earned over 13.2 innings of work. The Padres have the following numbers against Niese:

Maybin 6-22, HR
Forsythe 2-7, 2B
Guzman 2-6
Darnell 0-4
Hundley 2-4, 3B
Headley 0-3

The Mets bats will get the season started against Padres ace Edinson Volquez. The righthander had a bounce back year in his first season with the Padres as he posted an 11-11 record and a 4.14 ERA over 32 starts, 182.2 innings. Last season the Mets got the best of Edison as he allowed 6 ER over 7.1 innings in two starts (both losses). The Mets have posted the following numbers against Volquez:

Wright 1-8, 3 BB
Byrd 3-9
Baxter 2-6, 2B, HR
Murphy 2-5
Turner 2-6, 2B
Tejada 0-4
Davis 1-4
Buck 0-2
Valdespin 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets! Let’s start the season off Wright!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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