The new home of the Mets.
Finally, the doors to Citi Field are open for business. A new era in New York baseball history begins tonight with the Mets and Padres in Queens.
From first, second and third glances, this is a beautiful ballpark. We’re all trying to see how it plays, but we won’t know until the weather gets warmer. Plenty of quirks, nooks and crannies in the outfield for some weird bounces meaning you can expect a lot of triples and maybe and inside-the-parker or two for Jose Reyes.
This is supposed to be a pitcher’s park, but the overhang in right could be generous to Carloses Delgado and Beltran.
It should be a busy night. I’ll live blog, of course, but until game time if you want to note your favorite Opening Day memories, this is the place to do it.
Here’s the line-up:
J Reyes SS
D Murphy LF
D Wright 3B
C Delgado 1B
C Beltran CF
R Church RF
B Schneider C
L Castillo 2B
M Pelfrey P
PELFREY: Will he control emotions?
Mike Pelfrey wrote off his bad first inning in Cincinnati last week to being too amped, too excited to pitch in his first start of the season. He settled down with four scoreless as the Mets came back to win.
It’s part of the development of a young pitcher to control and harness his emotions. If Pelfrey thought the atmosphere was tense last week, imagine tonight in the Citi Field opener. There will be a buzz tonight people will talk about for years.
Not even the Mets’ 3-3 start will take the edge off. The hunch here is Pelfrey will be a fast study and keep his adrenalin in check.
Oh, and Luis Castillo will get treated nicely tonight.
Enjoy the day and we’ll see you tonight for Mets Chat Room.
If you’re taking a break from the holiday to watch the Mets, chat with us. The Mets are coming off their best game of the season, and Luis Castillo is coming off his best game in years.
It has been written here and elsewhere Castillo needs to enter Opening Day at Citi Field on a high note to make for a warm reception. He appears to have done that.
Johan Santana starts for the Mets today, making his second start of the season after a strong start at Cincinnati.
Here’s today’s line-up:
Please don’t ask about the arcane blackout rules, I don’t understand them, either. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Mets to come on a half-hour late.
Tonight we get our first look at Livan Hernandez. Room was made for him today by designating Marlon Anderson for assignment. As expected, the Mets said they hope he clears waivers and will take a minor league assignment.
Anderson was really the only decision the Mets could have made as they need the extra reliever.
Here’s tonight’s line-up:
Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Ryan Church, RF
Brian Schneider, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Livan Hernandez, P
The Mets are in Miami tonight to face the Marlins, the team that eliminated them from playoff contention in the season’s final game in each of the last two years.
The 3-0 Marlins are for real and have loftier goals than being a spoiler this year. The 2-1 Mets will go with John Maine, who will make his first start since surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing shoulder last August. Maine was 10-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 25 starts last season, and is 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA in six starts against the Marlins.
We can draw a couple of conclusions from the series in Cincinnati, beginning with the Mets’ starting pitching is an issue. To think the Marlins can’t handle Maine and Livan Hernandez tomorrow is absurd.