Mets Game 1: Win Over Marlins

Mets 7 Marlins 1

It couldn’t be a better day.

Beautiful, sunny, warm weather, an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel for five frames, followed by an offensive outburst by the home team.

And by the late afternoon, the Mets notched their first win of the year.

Johan Santana didn’t have Cy Young stuff, but he had enough to hold off the Fish through six — allowing only four hits and two walks, striking out five. He also had an early lead, thanks to a two-run homer by David Wright in his first at-bat of 2010.

Meanwhile, the Mets finally figured out their perennial nemesis Josh Johnson, who struggled with his command and was knocked out of the game before recording an out in the sixth. The Mets scored four times that inning and once again in the seventh to put the game away.

Fernando Nieve pitched two scoreless innings of pressure-free relief and Francisco Rodriguez finished up in a non-save situation.

Game Notes

This was the first time the Mets beat Josh Johnson. Ever. He’s now 7-1 career vs. the Mets.

Gary Matthews Jr. went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and 2 runs scored. “So there!”, says GMJ and Jerry Manuel to all the critics lambasting Manuel for the Opening Day lineup.

Though, Mike Jacobs and Alex Cora were a combined 0-for-8 with an RBI, neither player reaching base. All part of Jerry’s master plan, I guess.

Jason Bay quietly went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored and saw more pitches — 23 — than any other Met hitter.

Fernando Tatis came into the game as a defensive replacement for Mike Jacobs in the 8th. I’m not sure whether that’s comical or sad.

Next Mets Game

The Mets begin 2010 in first place in the NL East, and will remain there, guaranteed, for at least the next 50 hours. Game Two of 2010 begins at 7:10 PM on Wednesday in Flushing. John Maine takes the mound against Ricky Nolasco.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Mike April 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    As Mets fans we are guaranteed a few things: being in first place after game one of the season and not being there on the last day. The Mets seem to be good at winning openers, perhaps due to the Franchise and other big time aces the team has enjoyed in the past, and today was no different. Wright poetically went deep in his first at bat and Mike Jacobs was predictably awful in every way. Bay shed his usually April slow start to come roaring out with a triple of all things. His surprising output was only bested by the surprisingly pleasant weather (not that I know first hand, being in Houston). Santana showed why he is so good: not having your best stuff should never stop you from gutting out 6 innings and he managed only 1 run which is remarkable. The Marlins showed why they are not a true threat in the division: poor defense and a crummy bullpen will kill them all year.

    All in all I couldn’t be more thrilled with today. More stinkers like today from Cora and Jacobs and the lineup will shed their weight soon enough (also the field, though Cora did do a great job on a tough play when Santana still was perfect in the 3rd inning).

  2. Alex Cora April 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    I got hit by a pitch to lead off the game, Joe. I reached base…SO THERE!
  3. LibertyBoy April 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    Thanks for the beery tweets, Joe, they were a riot!

    Here’s to hoping an April to remember doesn’t become October deja vu!