Walking into Citi Field, I could overhear some elder Mets fans say, “This is their best chance to win the Series since ‘87”. Yes, it sounds extremely sad, this being the best chance for the Mets to win it all since before I was even born; at the same time, however, it is beyond exciting for Mets fans as well. With that being said, this Mets’ fans reaction for the transit issues to Queens is actually quite appropriate.
Thor brought the thunder, allowing zero runs, with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched. Although he was not awarded the win, Noah Syndergaard’s opening day start was very ideal. This was a great start for his Cy Young campaign. Despite having to leave the game after only 86 pitches with a blister on his middle finger, Syndergaard showed off his polished sinkers, sliders, and change-ups. We have also become accustomed to seeing Syndergaard have that one bad inning that gets out of hand. On Monday, in the fourth and sixth inning, he allowed a runner on third base with only one out. In both instances, Thor was able to get that huge strikeout, keeping his ERA at a beautiful 0.00.
In addition to the great start that the pitching has jumped out to for the Mets, key piece Lucas Duda put this game out of hand with his bases clearing double in the 7th inning. Coming off his stress fracture injury in his back from last year, this was a huge sign for Duda. In spring, the Mets worked out Neil Walker, TJ Rivera and Michael Conforto to potentially play first base if Duda wasn’t able to. With that said, hopefully Duda will be the regular guy at first base given his strong start.
Asdrubal Cabrera did his part as the two hole hitter, going 3-5 with an RBI and a run. Cabrera was the only Mets hitter with multiple hits.
The bullpen did its job as well. Hansel Robles and Fernando Salas combined for a perfect 7th and 8th inning. Furthermore, Robert Gsellman pitched the 9th, allowing two hits, but getting out of the inning unscathed. The Mets pitched for a shutout using four pitchers, as they look to continue their dominance on the mound today against the underrated Braves lineup.
Although the Mets exploded for a six-run 7th inning, this was not against Braves ace Julio Teheran. Teheran, like Syndergaard, pitched six scoreless innings. In addition, he punched out six Mets, Reyes being a victim twice. It was only until the horrific Atlanta bullpen came in that the game got out of hand. If you recall, last season in four starts against the Mets, Teheran allowed three earned runs in 30 innings; one of these starts was a complete game shutout, while only allowing one hit. The Mets need to figure out aces like these, as they cannot rely on other team’s bullpens to be as abysmal as the Braves.
Thor left the game after the 6th inning because of a blister he obtained from throwing too many hammers. Although it is not considered to be serious, Terry Collins already said his next start against Miami on Saturday is likely going to be pushed back a day to the Sunday night game against the Marlins. As long as the blister avoids Syndergaard’s thumb area, he should be completely fine. After all, he has super powers, right?
Mets trainer Yoenis Cespedes taking a look at Syndergaard's blister pic.twitter.com/u1cJocgb8G— MetsKevin11 (@MetsKevin11) April 3, 2017
In addition to hearing this news from Collins, we heard another bomb be dropped by the Mets Manager. Seth Lugo is now supposed to miss significant time with an elbow injury- a slight UCL tear to be exact. This really makes you wonder if his workload for Team Puerto Rico was a bit too much. As a matter of fact, Lugo lead the Mets in pitching in spring training and the World Baseball Classic with 26.1 innings pitched. Due to the Mets phenomenal depth, this is not a problem, yet.
Overall, a very promising start for the New York Mets. A 6-0 win is a perfect day in the park for obvious reasons. Hoping Degrom continues the scoreless trend tonight, the Mets look to start the season 2-0, against a familiar face in Bartolo Colon.
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