Dickey didn’t have his best stuff, but it was good enough for 6 innings this afternoon. The knuckleball didn’t knuckle as much as he would have liked, blame the weather for that. He really only made two bad pitches, one walked Michael Bourn, the other a fastball in the mid 80′s to Martin Prado for a 2 run homer in the 5th. All in all it was a fine outing.
The offensive pounded out 13 hits, mostly off of Brave’s start Jair Jurrjens. David Wright homered in the first inning to right center field over the visitors bullpen. Lucas Duda hit 2 balls out, one to right centerfield that wouldn’t have cleared the old wall, and the other a no doubt blast to right field.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis made his major league debut, started in center, and got two hits. The first was a groundball up the middle in the fourth, the second a line drive the right field in the seventh.
The Mets and Braves conclude their series Sunday afternoon when Jon Neise faces Mike Minor at 1:10pm.
Back in the Swing of things. Turn off the Hot stove, bring on the hot weather! It has returned ladies and gentlemen, Yankees baseball is looming and as fans we should be more confident than ever. This has been an enthralling winter to say the least. Due to key off season acquisitions, the American league has greatly improved but there is no reason to think the Yanks line-up can’t contest. The bombers made some much needed additions to the pitching staff and tweaked a few aspects in the depth dept that can hopefully launch us past the ALDS. With that said, lets take a look at the 2012 New York Yankees and and make some early predictions, shall we?
Andres Torres reinjured his left calf and appears to be headed to the DL. Torres who got picked off 1st base, and scored the team’s lone run today first injured the muscle in Spring Training, but rehabbed and was ready for Opening Day.
He will most likely go back to Port St Lucie to the Mets complex, and rehab in extended spring, there is no time table for his return.
In his absence, the most likely leadoff hitter is Ruben Tejada. As for the spot on the 25 man roster, that could go to Captain Kirk Nieuwenhuis, or someone like Vinny Rottino, or Adam Loewen, Nieuwenhuis is already on the 40 man roster, whereas Rottino and Loewen are not. Either way, Scott Hairston should get the bulk of playing time in Center.
Photo Courtesy of ESPN.
In this video, David Wright and starting pitcher Johan Santana discuss the Met’s opening day win.
What a great Opener, you really couldn’t ask for more. A Mets win, great pitching, not too much offense, but the Mets showed some signs of life. Johan Santana started his first game since 2010, and threw 5 solid innings, while striking out 5 and giving up only 2 hits.
What is supposed to be one of the Met’s strength this year, the bullpen tossed 4 innings and allowed only 3 base runners. Tim Byrdak came in with 1 out in the 7th inning and a runner on 3rd base and had back to back strike outs of Jose Constanza and Michael Bourn. Jon Rauch followed up with a 1-2-3 8th inning to set it up for Frank Francisco who also pitched a 1-2-3 inning to earn the save.
On the offensive side, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, and Josh Thole had 2 hits a piece. With runners on 1st and 3rd in the 6th inning Wright singled in the only run of the game for his first RBI of the season.
There are 161 more games to go, but if every game can be like today this could be a fun season.
Photo by Allan Coleman
When the New York Mets take Citi Field for opening day batting practice on Thursday, they’ll do so while wearing identical No. 8 Gary Carter jerseys. It is, of course, a cool tribute to the late Hall of Famer who died on Feb. 16 at the much too early age of 57. The team has been wearing special Gary Carter patches on their uniforms during spring training and will continue wearing them during the regular season.
We’ll post more pictures of the jerseys as they come in as well as any other memorials the Mets may have in store. “The Kid” has already received a lot of honors since losing his brave fight with brain cancer, including a specially-lit Empire State Building, a heartfelt song from a special fan and all of the Montreal Canadiens wearing his number during a pregame skate.
Every writer has predictions, but you never know what will happen, this is Baseball. We here at NY Hardball took a shot at it, and here goes Mike’s predictions. AC will post his tomorrow, along with his Yankees Full Roster Write Up.
NL EAST NL CENTRAL
Philadelphia Phillies 96-66 St Louis Cardinals 91-71
Miami Marlins 88-74 Cincinnati Reds 87-75
Atlanta Braves 84-78 Milwaukee Brewers 82-80
Washington Nationals 82-80 Pittsburgh Pirates 78-84
New York Mets 76-86 Chicago Cubs 76-86
……………………………………………….Houston Astros 72-90
Arizona Diamondbacks 89-73 Wild Card 1- Miami Marlins
Los Angeles Dodgers 84-78 Wild Card 2- Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants 82-80 Division Winners-
Colorado Rockies 80-82 Phillies//Cardinals//Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres 73-89 NL Champs- Marlins
AL EAST AL CENTRAL
New York Yankees 97-65 Detroit Tigers 98-64
Tampa Bay Rays 90-72 Minnesota Twins 87-75
Boston Red Sox 87-75 Kansas City Royals 82-80
Toronto Blue Jays 81-81 Cleveland Indians 78-84
Baltimore Orioles 77-85 Chicago White Sox 76-86
AL WEST Wild Card 1- Tampa Bay Rays
Anaheim Angels 95-67 Wild Card 2- Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers 89-73 Division Winners-
Oakland A’s 82-80 Yankees//Tigers//Angels
Seattle Mariners 78-84 AL Champs- Tigers
Tigers over Marlins in World Series (6 Games)
The Mets announced they have agreed to terms on a 5 Year, $25.5 Million extension with left hander Jon Neise, pending a physical. The deal also includes 2 team options years for 2017 & 2018 which could bring the total of the deal close to $50 Million, sources say.
Neise appeared in 27 games for the Mets last year posting an 11-11 record with a 4.40 ERA. He was one of the Mets most reliable pitchers before he went down in August because of a strained muscle. Neise will be the teams #3 starter this season.
The long off-season is finally over. The Mets are ready to begin their 50th Anniversary Season. The walls are blue again, and we’re ready for some baseball.
The roster wasn’t shaken up too much, a few additions, a few large subtractions, and some more of the Picard saga. We’ll be hearing a lot more about non-baseball issues in the coming months with the trial set to begin pretty soon. We can only hope they’ll be plenty of baseball related news to report on that will keep the trial news to a minimum.
Here’s a breakdown of the 25-man roster, front office, and coaching staff.