Opening Day, the weather stunk, the clutch hitting was terrible, Johan Santana had some control problems early on, but it was still awesome, awesome, awesome. Daniel Murphy drove in both Mets runs, one with a homerun and the other with a groundout.
The Mets had a lot of baserunners but few big hits, leaving twelve on base throughout the game. David Wright and Carlos Delgado reached base three times apiece; Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Ryan Church each reached twice. They couldn't come up with clutch hits when they needed them, but they didn't need 'em because...
The bullpen was great! Sean Green, J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez combined to pitch 3.1 hitless innings, allowing just a walk and striking out two. It won't always be this smooth, but this was exactly what we were all imagining when the Mets remodeled the bullpen this winter. For at least one day, things worked out as planned.
Tomorrow is the traditional super-lame off-day following the first game of the season, so pffft. Enjoy this one for another day, I guess.
Big winners: Francisco Rodriguez, +21.3% WPA, Sean Green +17.1% WPA, J.J. Putz, +14.7% WPA
Big losers: Brian Schneider, -19.5% WPA, Carlos Beltran, -5.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Putz gets Phillips to ground out in the 8th, +15.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Votto single in sixth, -16.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +67.0%
Total batter WPA: -17.0%
GWRBI!: Daniel Murphy
Game Thread Roll Call
Nice job by Sokojoe; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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