On a picture perfect afternoon in Flushing, the New York Metropolitans opened their season in resounding fashion, the way a pennant contender should.
Met’s ace Noah Syndergaard matched Brave’s ace Julio Teharan for 6 innings. Both pitched in and out of trouble a couple of times, but more or less dominated the opposing offense. Good pitching beats good hitting.
Once the aces were out of the game (Syndergaard due to blister issues), things quickly changed though, as the Braves bullpen walked Citi Field and the Metropolitans put up a six spot in the bottom of the 7th. Lucas Duda had the big hit – a bases clearing double. Wilmer Flores on the other hand made 2 of the 3 outs as the Mets batted around. Regardless, good hitting beats bad pitching, and it would seem the Braves bullpen is going to be bad pitching this season.
From there, the game wound down fairly uneventfully. Robert Gsellman gave up a couple of loud knocks in the 9th but would escape unscathed. Final score, Mets over the Bravos 6-0.
Winter is now officially over.