Final Score: Mets 6, Braves 0
It only took one game for the Mets to lose all of their starting rotation depth. Steven Matz has a flexor tendon strain in his pitching elbow. He’s shut down indefinitely. Seth Lugo had a “clean” MRI, but now they say he’s out for weeks aka out forever.
Noah Syndergaard looked incredible on the mound in this Opening Day victory. He pitched 6 scoreless innings and struck out 7 Braves. But then he departed the game with a blister on his middle finger. I can totally see the baseball gods unleashing a plague of blisters and sores upon this team. The elbow MRIs and shoulder exams will all come back clean, but the festering blisters will somehow linger all season.
Wilmer Play At Plate: The Mets did all of their damage at the plate in the 7th inning. That was also the inning the Braves bullpen finally entered the game and decided to walk everyone. Wilmer Flores reached first base on a force out, and then stole second base before Jose Reyes walked. Then Asdrubal cracked a single to center field and slow poke Wilmer lumbered home in an attempt to score from second base. If Braves catcher Tyler Flowers wasn’t playing so far behind home plate he would have tagged Flores out easily. The initial call was out, but video replay showed he was safe and the challenge was successful. Wilmer also nearly snapped his ankle on what was a horrendous slide.
Braves Walk Everyone: Julio Teheran looked great, but Atlanta’s bullpen is garbage. The failed play at the plate by the Braves combined with their terrible bullpen walking our entire lineup led to a 6-run 7th inning and that was all she wrote on Opening Day. Eric O’Flaherty was atrocious. He walked three Mets in a third of an inning. I can’t believe he scored a major league job.
Duda Smash: Lucas Duda capped off the 6-run inning with a two out bases loaded double that scored 3 runs. I’m sure he’ll be day-to-day with back blisters later this week.
Salad Picks Nose: Fernando Salas picked his nose in the bullpen, and then pitched a nice 1-2-3 8th inning with 2 Ks.
Gsellman Pitches Ninth (For Some Reason): Robert Gsellman pitched the 9th inning for some reason. I guess they wanted to keep him fresh and on schedule to make his first start this weekend. I never like to see stretched out starters called upon to make short relief appearances.
Cancel The Classic: As I said above, Seth Lugo’s MRI supposedly came back “clean” but now they are saying he’ll be out for weeks. No word why. Remember when I wrote a blog saying the World Baseball Classic was really fun to watch? Well cancel it. Lugo clearly killed his arm on Team Puerto Rico. Now I’m worrying about Jeurys Familia. Lugo bumped up his velocity in the classic, and now he’s dunzo. Well Familia was throwing 100 MPH in all of his appearances for the Dominican Republic. Pray for him.
Tomorrow: Jacob deGrom takes on Bartolo Colon tomorrow night. You remember Big Sexy? He was our only consistently healthy pitcher over the last 3 years. Now he’s gone and we’re likely to see Rafael Montero and Adam Wilk making meaningful starts. Our rotation is super deep though. We had no need for Bartolo. Don’t worry about a damn thing.