Mets Game 1: Win Over Braves

Mets 1 Braves 0

The Mets beat the Braves and take over first place in the NL East. Let’s enjoy it while we can.

Mets Game Notes

No notes from me just yet, as I work during the day and could not watch the ballgame. Therefore, I’d appreciate it if you could please post your notes in the comments.


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  1. wohjr April 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    Danny picking up right where he left off… What is the low-mid 80s pitch in the middle of the plate rauch is throwing? That thing looks like a meatball on TV
  2. Midwestern Met April 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm
    Now that’s Opening Day like it oughtta be! Glad to see Johan’s in such good shape; if you blacked out and missed all of last year, I doubt you’d guess he missed all of 2011. Got tired towards the end of the 5th, but that’s understandable; he’ll get stronger as the year goes on.
  3. Kevin April 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm
    Great day. My only disappointment is that Johan didn’t get the “W.” How many times has he pitched great but gotten no run support? However, this is a lineup, if it stays healthy, that will score a lot of runs.
    • Joe April 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm
      Well pitched no decisions / losses seems to be a theme today.
    • Joe April 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm
      Good day for the bullpen — 3.1 innings — but not great the new CF/lead-off guy got picked off & then hurt. Overall, a fun day. Tied for first baby!
  4. DaveSchneck April 6, 2012 at 12:00 am
    If only every day was opening day…we’ll take it and another 89 just like it.
  5. Steven April 6, 2012 at 12:12 am
    The key was the defense not giving the Braved any extra outs
  6. Josh Z April 6, 2012 at 1:28 am
    Johan tossed 5 shutout innings in what was an excellent start and is very promising. The bullpen did great work and David Wright got a nice RBI to secure the win
  7. JoeBourgeois April 6, 2012 at 10:19 am
    Unsung hero of the day: Byrdak.
  8. MikeT April 6, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis has gotten the call. As I predicted yesterday right here on MetsToday. Today I predict he hits a HR on Saturday, and immediately replaces Torres forevermore. Okay maybe not forever, but I think he will earn his spot in CF in the next few weeks and only ever sees the minor leagues due to rehab in the future. Poor choice of words though, since I’m not predicting he gets hurt, just that he will earn a starting OF spot in the ML.
  9. Scott Hairston April 6, 2012 at 10:33 am
    I predict that I start in CF, leading off on Saturday.
    • Kirk Nieuwenhuis April 6, 2012 at 11:13 am
      Not so fast, buddy.
    • jerseymet April 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm
      Captain Kirk is starting. He is going to play every day. Or he is going to get sent down. This will be his first cup of coffee.
      Duda stunk up left field in Sept 2010. The Mets were out of it ,so he got alot of at bats. In April and May 2011 the Mets were not willing to let him learn in the Big Leagues, they sent him down twice.
      If Kirk works out, We will have our center fielder of the future.
      Baxter and Hairston are bench players, plain and simple. Torres is a one year fix that is broken. He is not part of the future. When he heals he may find himself on the bench in Baxter’s role…platooning with Bay…and eliminating Bay’s option. Let the Star Trek refrences live long and prosper.
  10. Walnutz15 April 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm
    To be honest, I’m thinking that since Jurrjens (RHP) is on the hill Saturday – that we’ll actually see Nieuwenhuis (LH) start in CF.

    Never a bad thing for struggling ticket sales to have a young call-up like that hit the field, on Saturday of Opening Weekend. It’d definitely drum up more fan-interest than having Hairston trot out there.

    Save him for Sunday, when they’re facing Mike Minor (LHP) — not to mention, are literally giving tickets away on Easter/Passover, etc. Not even kidding – they’re giving tickets away on Twitter, with a valid credit card number.

    (Not saying this will be the case w/Nieuwenhuis, but I wouldn’t bet against it either.)

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  12. murph April 7, 2012 at 12:59 am
    my favorite line from the broadcast:
    “they moved the fences in, and still nobody reached it”.
  13. Joe Janish April 7, 2012 at 10:16 am
    Thanks for the notes, everyone! I’m watching the game on DVR now – it’s like a doubleheader for me today!