Johan Santana, who had a soaring spring ERA, pitched six terrific innings and reminded us all that he is a true ace.
David Wright, who suffered from a severe power outage in 2009, hit a two-run homer to the opposite field in the first inning--it was a Captain's homerun. Welcome back David.
The new guys contributed in a big way--Jason Bay, Rod Barajas and Gary Matthews Jr. each got two hits, and Mathews played solid centerfield on a windy, high sun day. Seeing Jason Bay fly around the bases for a triple reminded us all that we now have a slugger with a work ethic who will do everything and anything to help his team win.
Oh, and the bullpen? All they did was toss three scoreless innings, with Fernando Nieve working two scoreless and Frankie Rodriguez closing it out in the 9th.
"I think it was an all-around good effort," Wright said. "We caught the ball, we pitched well and obviously had some timely hitting. You can't ask for much more than that, first game of the season."
There were a few little things that also deserve notice: Jeff Francoeur worked a walk, Luis Castillo stayed patient and saw a ton of pitches--he also stole a base, and Alex Cora played great defense at shortstop.
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The reading this morning is plentiful:
The Daily News has a great article on Jason Bay feeling at home and another on David Wright's powerful opening statement.
Metstradamus thinks it was a fine day for an underdog.
It's contest time over at Amazin Avenue...this looks like it has serious possibilities!
Loge 13 is back in business.
Subway Squawkers has a nice piece telling the Mets they didn't need Jack Bauer.
The Mets Report thinks the team sent a message to the rest of the league.
All in all a great day...why MLB schedules a say off after opening day has always been a point of frustration for us fans, but for now we get to bask in yesterday's great win and hope for another tomorrow.
Enjoy your coffee!