SCORE: @Mets 6, Braves 0
RISP: A season-long problem last season, the Mets went 2-for-6 Monday and stranded nine runners.
SYNDERGAARD: Superb in Opener. (AP)
Although Noah Syndergaard didn’t get the victory, he was the headliner in the Mets’ 6-0 Opening Day blanking of the Atlanta Braves today at Citi Field.
Syndergaard was superb and dominant, giving up five hits, no walks with seven strikeouts before leaving after six innings because of a blister on his right middle finger.
Syndergaard had moments of decision in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Freddie Freeman tripled with one out, but Syndergaard regrouped to strike out Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis. In the sixth, with one out and runners on the corners, he struck out Kemp and got Markakis on a liner to left.
“That to me was the difference in the game,” manager Terry Collins said. “When the great ones have runners in scoring position against them, they up their game.”
That defined Syndergaard, who was pushed back a day to have his next start flipped with Robert Gsellman.
“It’s a little blister,” Syndergaard said. “I’m not worried about it.”
Even so, Collins said it doesn’t hurt to start taking care of his pitchers from the beginning: “We preach protecting these guys, now we have to do something about it.’’
ON THE MOUND: Hansel Robles pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to earn the victory. … Projected set-up reliever Fernando Salas worked the eighth. … Gsellman pitched the ninth. Speculation is because he’ll be moved up a day to replace Syndergaard
AT THE PLATE: Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, including driving in the game-winner in the seventh. … The Mets broke the game open with six runs in the inning highlighted by five of their eight walks and Lucas Duda’s three-run double. … Jay Bruce walked three times including once with the bases loaded. … Syndergaard got a hit. … Wilmer Flores and Cabrera each stole bases.
IN THE FIELD: Superb pick and throw by Jose Reyes to nail Brandon Phillips leading off the seventh. … Bruce played Freeman’s triple in the fourth like he was a first baseman.
EXTRA INNINGS: With the victory, the Mets improved their Opening Day record to a major league best 36-20 (.643) R.A. Dickey, David Wright, Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom received the loudest cheers, with Colon probably getting the longest.
ON DECK: Colon vs. deGrom, Wednesday night at Citi Field in the second game of the season.