Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (5-1) defeated the Washington Nationals (4-3) 8-2 during their home opener at Nationals Park on Thursday. Michael Conforto homered in his return to the lineup while fellow outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce homered as well.
Jacob deGrom went six solid innings to pick up his second win of the season and was followed by three scoreless innings from the bullpen which has been spectacular thus far.
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The Mets have a day off on Friday before continuing their series with the Nats on Saturday. Steven Matz (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will look to rebound from his first start of the season, while Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will look to build off his strong season debut. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
Tebow made a good first impression with his new club by mashing a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat.
Hansel Robles has struck out six of the seven batters he has faced so far this season after originally being sent to the minors near the end of spring training.
Mets relievers as a whole have been striking out opponents quite often. Through the first six games, the bullpen has struck out 34 batters in 22 1/3 innings.
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Rian Watt of Fangraphs explains how transactions in baseball don’t become official before being recorded and approved in the Electronic Baseball Information System (eBIS).
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An anonymous Phillie put blame on new manager Gabe Kapler for the poor start to the season thus far.
“We’ll be OK … We just need the manager to get out of the way,” said the anonymous Phillie according to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports.
Tyler Kolek was scratched from his first scheduled start of the season and instead put on the minor league disabled list for right-shoulder tendinitis according to Sam Dykstra of MiLB. Kolek, who was the Miami Marlins’ first-round pick (No. 2 overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft, has only thrown 3 2/3 innings of professional baseball after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
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John Sheridan gave three positives and three negatives after the Mets’ sweep of the Phillies on Wednesday.
Joseph Hill wrote a Minor League Opening Day preview ahead of Thursday’s minor league openers.
This Day in Mets History
1984: The Mets defeat the Houston Astros 8-1 for the Mets’ 1,500th regular season victory in franchise history.