Apr 06

Mets Game Thread: Colon Done For Day

The Mets built their lead to 3-1 in the seventh when Juan Lagares reached on Ian Desmond’s throwing error and scored on Travis d’Arnaud’s drive off the center field wall.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch-hit for Bartolo Colon to close his pitching line at one run on three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in six innings

Carlos Torres was the first reliever out of the Mets’ bullpen and put down the Nationals on three straight grounders.

Score: Mets 3, Nationals 1. (7th)

Apr 06

Mets Game Thread: Duda Puts Mets Ahead (6th)

The Mets got to Max Scherzer for two runs in the sixth. Scherzer retired the first two hitters, and then walked Curtis Granderson for the second time. After shortstop Ian Desmond dropped David Wright’s pop-up in short right-center, Lucas Duda ripped a two-run single for the lead.

Colon continued to deal in the sixth. He gave up a single to Bryce Harper (who had also homered in the fourth) and walked Ryan Zimmerman, but got Wilson Ramos for his eighth strikeout to end the inning.

Score: Mets 2, Nationals 1.

Apr 06

Mets Game Thread: Colon Escapes Trouble In First

Part of the reasoning to start Bartolo Colon on Opening Day is he has the experience to not let the moment get the best of him. After the Nationals put two runners on with a hit and a Daniel Murphy throwing error, he responded by striking out two and getting an inning-ending groundout.

Score:  Mets 0, Nationals 0

Apr 06

What Is With Today’s Lineup?

The Mets’ Opening Day lineup is a head-scratching stunner. It resembles one of those lineups manager Terry Collins might pull from a hat to break a losing streak. It is something nobody could have projected.

Here goes:

Curtis Granderson, rf: There was some consideration batting Granderson leadoff, but the thought was it would be Juan Lagares because of his good spring, speed and that the former would be better suited for the middle of the order.

David Wright, 3b: He had a good spring training, so why move him from his accustomed spot at No. 3?

Lucas Duda, 1b: He’s the cleanup hitter. That’s what hitting 30 homers should warrant.

Michael Cuddyer, lf: Maybe Collins is trying to take advantage of his good spring, but how many times will he hit here when Duda is also in the lineup?

Daniel Murphy, 2b: Keeping fingers crossed they haven’t rushed him. There was some debate hitting him in the middle of the order to give him more RBI opportunities. He’s a proven No. 2 hitter.

Juan Lagares, cf: Collins said he didn’t want to bat Lagares against the top of the Washington rotation. Question: If you’re afraid to have him face the Nationals’ best, then why give him a four-year deal? Lagares had a good spring hitting mostly at the top of the order. So, why mess with him?

Travis d’Arnaud, c: I have no problem with him batting seventh.

Wilmer Flores, ss: Ditto.

Bartolo Colon, rhp: At least he’s not eighth.