The New York Mets returned to Citi Field Monday afternoon, opening the season against the Atlanta Braves. With roughly 44,000 in attendance, the first pitch was one to remember. The pitch was thrown out by the families of NYPD Detective Steven McDonald and FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, who both passed away earlier this year. Family, friends, and Mets fans came together to celebrate and remember the amazing lives of these heroes. The remembrance continued as fans cheered on former Mets star Bartolo Colon, despite being in the opposing uniform.
With the Mets back to full strength after an injury-plagued season, the expectations were high. Early on in spring training, manager Terry Collins decided that Noah Syndergaard was his guy. In his first Opening Day start, Syndergaard pitched six shutout innings, struck out seven Braves, and only gave up 5 hits. On the hitting side, he went 1 for 2 at bat. He was then replaced by Robles, appearing to have a blister on his right middle finger.
The game started off slow for hitters, becoming a pitcher’s duel. However, after a Asdrubal Cabrera single led to Wilmer Flores running home at the bottom of the 7th, the mojo kicked in. Granderson, who was 1 for 3, hit a fly to center and Jose Reyes scored. Lucas Duda had 3 RBI, including a double leading Cespedes, Walker, and Bruce home.
The Mets next 15 games are against teams that were below .500 last season. While it’s only game one of 162, things are definitely looking up.