The day couldn’t have been any brighter for the Mets, who used strong pitching from Jacob deGrom and manufactured a pair of runs to beat the Phillies, 2-0, this afternoon at sun-drenched Citi Field.
PITCHING: DeGrom pitched another solid game, working 6.1 scoreless innings, giving up seven hits and one walk with only three strikeouts. … Carlos Torres relieved deGrom and got the Mets out of the seventh. … Jerry Blevins worked the eighth and Jeurys Familia the ninth for the save.
HITTING: Juan Lagares drove in the Mets’ first run with a line single off the glove of starter Aaron Harang in the fourth. The ball squirted from Harang giving Lagares time to beat out the hit. … The Mets increased their lead to 2-0 in the eighth when Michael Cuddyer singled, took third on Chase Utley‘s error when Daniel Murphy‘s hard-hit ball through his legs and scored on Travis d’Arnaud‘s sacrifice fly. … The Mets mustered only six hits, including a single by Wilmer Flores.
EXTRA INNINGS: The Mets are 34-20 in home openers, including 4-3 at Citi Field. … The Mets are 2-1 in one-run games this year. … With a single, David Wright has at least one hit in every home opener since 2005. … Curtis Granderson now has eight walks to lead the majors. … Today was the start of a 10-game home stand.
TOMORROW: Matt Harvey goes after his second straight victory in a start against David Buchanan.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead off Aaron Harang in the fourth when Daniel Murphy doubled, took third on Travis d’Arnaud’s fly to right and scored on Juan Lagares’ line drive off the pitcher’s glove. The squirted away from Harang, but Lagares hustled to beat the throw to first. Lagares then stole second and took third on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s wild throw.
The inning ended on Wilmer Flores’ fly out to center.
Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom has given up three hits in four innings.
Mets 1, Phillies 0 (5)
Just finished a bag of Cracker Jack. My prize was a New York Yankees stick on tattoo. Yeah, I know the Mets don’t have any say in the prizes, but there’s something funny about this.
While I don’t always agree with Mets GM Sandy Alderson, I liked what he did today when he expressed confidence in struggling shortstop Wilmer Flores.
The master of the deadpan obvious, Alderson said of Flores’ first week that, “It hasn’t been super,” noting three errors and a .158 batting average. Even so, Alderson didn’t put on notice the player he has frequently criticized.
“He’s made some good plays. He’s made some mistakes,” Alderson said. “He hasn’t hit yet, but that’s true of about six or seven of our guys. Wilmer is one of those guys that doesn’t let things bother him typically. As long as we don’t get to the point where we allow that to affect him then I think he’ll be fine.”
Confidence is a fragile thing in sports, and while Flores is having a bad start, we’re just a week into the season.
Jacob deGrom set down the Phillies in order in the first.
David Wright walked with one out in the Mets’ first, then in one of my favorite plays, tagged up and advance on Lucas Duda’s fly to left. I wish more players did that as it takes advantage of an out to do something productive.
Phillies 0, Mets 0 (1)