Whew, what an amazin day yesterday the Mets home opener was full of emotions mostly joy but incredible feeling of hope as well. As to the game it was all about the pitching with Johan Santana looking as sharp as we have ever seen him, going five innings, striking out five, and only allowed four base runners. One of the highlights was watching him escape from a bases-loaded jam in the fifth with the look of I got this on his face and got it he did. It appeared as thou the velocity on his four-seamer was maybe 2 mph lower than it was back in 2010 but the important thing here was that there was a 10-mph gap between his fastball and changeup, which is just about perfect and just about where it was during his best days. Keep in mind that Santana’s changeup is his out pitch. The holy cow moment was when he got In trouble he threw what was abut an 87-mph fastball in a perfect spot around the knees on the outside corner for a called strike on a 3-2 count and then threw a 88-mph fastball which although it caught more of the plate, again was down around the knees. I looked at Dwright after that pitch I wish you all could have seen that WOW look on his face.
After Johan came out of the game you could not help but get a little lump in your throat cause we had just seen a master at work once again good as new and wowing u by making just about all of his pitches. But it did not stop there Sandy Alderson's new bull pen came in and was brilliant as well. Man oh man when the last time that pen was was effective? But yesterday they were shutting down the Braves to lock it up for Johan only sad part was the Met did not score that run till after the 5th inning which made it too late for Johan to get the win which went to Ramirez. All in all the pen went four scoreless with Ramon Ramirez, Tim Byrdak, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco. Matter of fact Frankie hit 94 on the gun.
Andres Torres tweaked that calf muscle again and had to leave the game; he is going back to St Luice today to begin rehab should be back in a bout two weeks meantime Ruben Tejada will take over the leadoff spot. The upside to that story is that Kirk Nieuwenhuis is leaving today to come back to NY and will play centerfield starting Saturday while Torres rehabs. So that is very cool
The Mets did a great job of honoring Gary Carter , in addition to wearing a "KID 8" home-plate logo patches on there uniform sleeves, the same logo was placed on the left-center field wall next to the 385-foot marker. The also had Carter's No. 8 jersey hanging in the dugout. And during the pregame workouts they all wore his blue No. 8 jerseys. There was a moment of silence for Carter before the game.
Quite a day one I won’t soon forget, one win down, 161 left to go.
The boys have the day off today and in fact Terry Collins told all of em that he did not want them coming to the ball park or doing any baseball activities today he wants them all to just take the day off and relax. Next game on Saturday. Dickey pitches.