GAME #1: Royals 4, Mets 3, at Kansas City. Record: 0-1.
SUMMARY: We’ve seen this before from the Mets against Kansas City, and it didn’t look any better on Opening Day. The Royals took a 4-0 lead keyed by an unearned run in the first against Matt Harvey created when Yoenis Cespedes dropped an easy fly ball hit by Mike Moustakas. A passed ball, a walk and a hit and the Mets were again looking up at the Royals. The Mets scored three in the eighth on Lucas Duda‘s two-run single and Neil Walker‘s RBI forceout. The Mets had a chance to tie in the ninth, but David Wright took a called third strike and Cespedes struck out swinging to end the game.
CAN’T TOUCH VOLQUEZ: Royals starter Edinson Volquez limited the Mets two a pair of hits and three walks in six scoreless innings.
HARVEY NOT SO SHARP: Matt Harvey said his mechanics were off and it showed as he gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.2 innings in his first career Opening Day start. The damage against Harvey could have been worse had Harvey not gotten three double plays.
CESPEDES’ GLOVE A FACTOR: This is what you get from Cespedes. He’s lax at times. Moustakas hit a routine fly and had he bothered to use two hands.
CONFORTO COMFY AT PLATE: Actually, Michael Conforto was more than comfortable as he reached base in all four at-bats with a double, single and two walks.
THE GOOD: In addition to Conforto, Juan Lagares made a strong throw to third base showing his arm is better. … Duda went to the opposite field on his two-run hit. … Curtis Granderson singled after a tough at-bat in the ninth. … Bartolo Colon and Jerry Blevins out of the pen.
THE BAD: Wright was hitless in four at-bats. … Cespedes in left. It was Cespedes’ first error in left in 156.2 innings. … Travis d’Arnaud‘s passed ball set up the Royals’ first run.
QUOTEBOOK: “I felt all right. There were times I felt fine. Other times I couldn’t find my rhythm.” – Matt Harvey.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Mets fell to 35-20 in franchise history in openers (a MLB-best .636 winning percentage).