Meet the Mets
As per usual, the Mets won on Opening Day. This time, they started the season in Miami and led for almost the entire game. There was a bit of a hiccup when Max Scherzer gave up a game-tying home run in the bottom of the sixth, but Brandon Nimmo’s two-run double in the top of the seventh brought in the Mets’ fourth and fifth runs in what wound up being a 5-3 victory.
You can watch Gary Cohen’s call of Nimmo’s two-run double.
The Mets’ winning percentage on Opening Day was the best in the history of the league coming into the day, and it only got better.
Pete Alonso likes hitting home runs.
José Quintana is hopeful that he’ll return to the mound this season.
Edwin Díaz is already working hard in his rehab.
Around the National League East
Phillies first baseman underwent ACL surgery.
Stephen Strasburg is very much not doing baseball activities.
Around Major League Baseball
Shohei Ohtani struck out ten in six scoreless innings, and he’s using PitchCom to call his own games without having to look at the device. Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe made a wild catch during Ohtani’s start.
Dodgers pitcher Ryan Pepiot won the fifth spot in the team’s rotation, but he hit the injured list before he got to make his first start of the season.
The Guardians signed reliever Trevor Stephan to a four-year extension.
Rockies reliever Daniel Bard will begin the year on the injured list because of anxiety, which he wants to be open and honest about.
Starting yesterday, players making their major league debuts will wear a special patch that will later be used in very exclusive rookie cards.
If you’re keeping track of this sort of thing, Marcus Stroman earned the first ever pitch clock violation.
Levi Weaver of The Athletic is moving into a new role after covering the Rangers for several years and wrote about the team and the changes.
Speaking of the Rangers, they signed Rafael Ortega to a minor league deal after Ortega opted out of a contract with the Yankees.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Vas Drimalitis previewed the Mets’ first series of the year.
This Date in Mets History
As Brock Mahan put it at the time of this March 31 post: “The 1998 Mets home opener could have easily won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Baseball Season.”