- Livan Hernandez looked pretty solid tonight in his first outing of the season. He certainly wasn't overpowering (four strikeouts), his command wasn't impeccable (three walks), but he found solace in the Mets' defense as he allowed the Marlins to put the ball in play, often in hard-hit ways, mostly to good results. 6.2 innings and just two runs allowed, we'd all take that every time out.
- Luis Castillo picked up four singles (should've been five), apparently inspired by a pre-game conversation with Jerry Manuel in which the Mets' manager implored Castillo to be more aggressive at the plate. More aggressive doesn't mean "swing at garbage", but it does mean to be a tad less selective and to jump on a meaty fastball when it comes your way. For one game at least, that plan worked brilliantly.
- The bullpen was effective, though Darren O'Day ran into some trouble that was exacerbated by a David Wright throwing error.
- Every Met starter had at least one hit, and each had at least a run scored or batted in excepting Carlos Beltran, who went 1-for-5 and watched his slash line plummet to .381/.458/.571.
- Johan Santana and Josh Johnson square off at 1:10pm tomorrow, with the entire game being broadcast by SNY. The Mets will look to head into Monday's Citi Field opener with two series wins on the road to begin the season.
For more coverage, check out AshleyMarshall's recap in the FanPosts.
Big winners: Livan Hernandez, +26.4% WPA, Jose Reyes, +23.7% WPA
Big losers: Daniel Murphy, -7.1% WPA, Brian Schneider, -6.8% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Reyes two-run homerun in fifth+16.4% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Hermida leadoff single in second, -9.0% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +27.4% WPA
Total batter WPA: +22.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Luis Castillo
Nice job by Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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