Terry Collins and his crew start the season right

The Mets’ opening day win over the Braves was a truly solid team performance. There was good fundamental baseball. No home runs were hit, but when players got in scoring position they mostly scored. Every player who got into the game contributed to the 6-0 win, as will be detailed below.

Noah Syndergaard, the starting pitcher, was awesome. He hurled six scoreless innings, struck out seven and issued zero walks. He also smacked a base hit. Lets hope that blister that forced him out of the game is not serious.

Catcher Rene Rivera got the key single that ignited the Mets big seventh inning. His catching style also kept Sydergaard in his comfort zone. Replacement catcher Travis d’Arnaud pinch ran for Rivera and proceeded to break up a double play, and he later drew a walk.

First baseman Lucas Duda cleared the bases with a line shot double driving home three runners to pretty much put the game away in the seventh inning.

Second baseman Neil Walker drew a walk and scored in the seventh. Like the rest of the team he played error-free ball.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera went three for five, drove in the go-ahead run, scored a run and stole a base as well.

Third baseman Jose Reyes got on base via a walk in the seventh and scored a run. Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was held hitless, but he got a walk and scored in the seventh on the Duda home run.

Center fielder Curtis Granderson got a base hit, and more importantly hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to drive in a run.

Right fielder Jay Bruce showed a lot of selectivity at the plate, he worked three bases on balls and scored a run on the Duda homer.

Wilmer Flores pinch hit in the seventh, and got on via a fielders choice. Despite not being particularly fleet of foot, he proceeded to steal second base. Then he scored the go-ahead run on Cabrera’s single, despite a great throw from Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte. True, Flores’ slide may have been a little “goofy”, but he did elude the tag, as replay showed.

The Met bullpen did the job. Hansel Robles retired the Braves in order in the seventh to get the win. Fernando Salas struck out two and gave up no hits in the eighth inning. Robert Gsellman did yield two meaningless hits in the ninth in what was essentially a warm up for his scheduled start later this week.

Manager Terry Collins made a successful replay challenge on the Flores play at the plate, which was probably the key moment of the entire game. He also managed the bullpen well.

All in all it was a great team effort and a very fine way to kick off the 2017 season.

3 comments for “Terry Collins and his crew start the season right

  1. David Groveman
    April 5, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Best sign was that the bullpen looked great. I, for one, will feel better when Familia and Lugo are back in the fold.

    • John Fox
      April 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Yes Dave the contrast in the bullpens was stark. Julio Teheran kept the Mets in check but once Atlanta had to dip into the relievers the scoring deluge followed. For the Mets the bullpen followed up on Sydergaard’s gem resulting in the shutout.

  2. April 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Robles looked good on Monday. It was the Atlanta offense, but he still looked like a real reliever.

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