Put in the books! Led by Noah Syndergaard‘s dazzling pitching, the Mets shut out the Nationals 2-0 to begin their first season series with their division rival. The quickly played pitcher’s duel included a number of notable highlights.
Ex-Met favorite Daniel Murphy got a warm welcome at Citi Field from fans who fondly recall his years in a Mets uniform punctuated by an epic home run barrage in last year’s playoffs.
Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff homerun that was like a prison yard punch in the face. Max Scherzer, fresh off a 20-strikeout masterpiece, seemed to have an edge with the Mets forced to rest both David Wright and Lucas Duda with back stiffness.
Duda’s situation is thought to be nothing serious, while Wright’s is concerning. Combined with Travis d’Arnaud already on the DL, the Mets went into this game with a very unimposing bottom of the order that featured Kevin Plawecki, Eric Campbell, Syndergaard and Eric Campbell. Thankfully the slump busting solo home runs we got from Granderson and Michael Conforto proved to be enough support for the masterful Syndergaard, who was the real story of this game.
Syndergaard was at peak form out of the gate, mixing 100 mph fastballs with sharp breaking pitches and excellent control. The end line was 7 innings, 0 runs, 10 Ks, 0 walks. Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia shut it down with a scoreless 8th and 9th. Great way to kick off the home stand. Lets go Mets!