GAME #3: Mets 7, Phillies 2. Record: 2-1.
SUMMARY: Jacob deGrom gave up one run in six innings before leaving the game with tightness in his right lat muscle. While it is premature to say how long he will be out, it must be remembered this isn’t a good issue for a pitcher. Steven Matz had a similar issue last year and missed two months.
DeGROM: Back injury is worrisome. (AP)
KEY MOMENT: Neil Walker‘s RBI single in the sixth gave the Mets a lead they would never relinquish. Walker has driven in five runs in the season’s first three games for the first time in his career.
HEARING THE CHEERS: On the unofficial cheering meter, Wilmer Flores, Bartolo Colon and Terry Collins got the loudest cheers during the pregame introductions. Unquestionably, Noah Syndergaard‘s ovation was louder than that of Matt Harvey‘s.
CONFORTO CONTINUES HOT HITTING: Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Even so, Collins said he’ll keep his platoon system with Juan Lagares.
WRIGHT IS RIGHT: If David Wright is to be kept in the No. 2 slot in the batting order, perhaps the Mets shouldn’t worry about his power numbers and he just concentrate on getting on base. He doubled and has now gotten a hit in each of his 12 home openers. … Wright also made a nice barehanded pickup and throw to first. … Collins said Wright will sit Saturday night.
THUMBS UP: The bullpen was solid for the third straight time. Jim Henderson threw another strong 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. … Jerry Blevins stranded two inherited runners in the eighth. … Asdrubal Cabrera made two strong plays in the field. … Travis d’Arnaud threw out an attempted base stealer.
THUMBS DOWN: Of course, deGrom’s injury put a damper on the day and has the potential to do a lot worse. … Yoenis “I am human,” Cespedes misplayed Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff flyball in the sixth into a leadoff trouble.
INJURY UPDATES: We’ll know more Saturday on deGrom. … Zack Wheeler will undergo a minor medical procedure Tuesday to remove an undissolved stitch in his right forearm. … Lefty reliever Josh Edgin, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, was examined Thursday.
QUOTEBOOK: “I was going to go out there for the seventh, and then I thought twice about it and said, ‘Hey, maybe I should say something. It’s early on. It’s a little cold out today. Let’s not push it.’ ” – DeGrom on coming out of the game.
BY THE NUMBERS: .375: Wright’s average (18-for-48) in 12 home openers.
NEXT FOR METS: Colon will start Saturday night against Vince Velasquez. With a victory Colon would tie Pedro Martinez for victories for a Dominican-born pitcher with 218.
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