deGrom Dominates Once Again, as Mets Win on Opening Day
By: Colin Meyers, 3/29/2019
Here we are, March 29, 2019. One of the most anticipated Mets Opening Days in recent history. After an off-season that saw new general manager Brodie van Wagannen bring in a slew of talent and a contract that locked up their ace for the next five years, the team hit the field for a meeting with NL East rivals, the Washington Nationals. The team got off to a hot start thanks to a first inning homer from Robinson Canó in his Mets debut. The offense was sluggish for much of the rest of the game besides an RBI single from Canó in the 8th that brought in Keon Broxton.
The story of the day though was the pitching. Jacob deGrom vs. Max Scherzer in a battle between two of the top pitchers in the National League. Scherzer was very strong despite giving up the homer to Canó in the 1st. deGrom picked up right where he left off after his 2018 Cy Young campaign. He hurled 6 innings, with 0 ER, 10Ks, 1 BB, and 5 hits. He was able to navigate some trouble, especially in the 3rd, when he got out of a jam with a man on second and third. The bullpen was stellar, as Seth Lugo entered in relief and pitched a scoreless 7th inning, in which he struck out the side. Familia was also perfect in his return to the Mets pitching in the 8th, and Edwin Diaz came in for the save in the 9th to give the Mets their first win of the season.
Pete Alonso recorded his first major league hit in his first big league game. Alonso made the roster, which caused the Mets to forfeit a year of control over their top prospect. The Mets evidently believe in Alonso and want to get off to a hot start in April, and give their young stud some confidence going forward.