Mets 7, Marlins 1 (1 down, 161 to go)

Posted: April 5, 2010 in Mets

Well, that was certainly a nice start to the season.
Johan Santana looked fantastic this afternoon, allowing a run on five hits in six strong innings as the Mets topped the mistake-prone Florida Marlins 7-1 in front of a raucous CitiField Opening Day crowd.
David Wright, ragged on by so many fans and media types for his 10-homer season last year, hit an opposite field two-run blast in his first at-bat of the season off Met-killer Josh Johnson. The Mets were off and running, eventually breaking the game open with a four-run sixth after the Marlins had closed the gap to 2-1.
Jason Bay had a nice Mets debut, collecting two hits, including the triple that started the big sixth-inning rally. Gary Matthews Jr., who I didn’t think deserved to be in the starting lineup, also had a strong Mets debut with two hits, a walk and two runs scored while battling the sun nicely during a busy day in centerfield. The same thing can’t be said for Marlins youngster Cameron Maybin, who lost a few balls in the sun which led to bloop hits, one leading to a run. The Marlins were bad in the field, committing three errors, although that’s nothing new for the Florida squad, as they’re a consistently poor fielding squad.
Although I’m pumped up about this win, we all knew the Mets can win when Santana is on the mound. The question is, can they get enough pitching beyond Johan? I’m not totally convinced, but John Maine has the first crack at making me a believer when he opposes Ricky Nolasco Wednesday night.
NOTES: Fernando Nieve and K-Rod did the job in relief, tossing a combined three innings of shutout baseball. The bullpen is just as big a question mark as the starting rotation, so it was good to see them off on the right foot….Angel Pagan, who should have been the starting centerfielder in my humble opinion, contributed an RBI single, stole a base and scored a run in the sixth inning…Mike Jacobs went 0-for-4 in his first game as a Met since 2005. He batted cleanup, which I believe is a big mistake. Manuel wants to break up the righties, but I really think you need to bat Wright and Bay back-to-back. Jacobs should be batting sixth or seventh if he’s in the lineup.

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  1. As the great American poet Ice Cube would say, “today was a good day.”

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