METS WIN OPENING DAY 2015, BEAT NATS 3-1
In a game that I didn't think the Mets were going to win, New York took advantage of some Washington miscues with some timely clutch hitting from Lucas Duda to take the lead, and some fine pitching to keep it. Newly acquired Washington ace Max Scherzer had no hit the Mets for 6 innings. Some guy named Harper took Bartolo Colon out of the park in the 4th inning for 1-0 lead, and things were not looking good.
With two out in the sixth Scherzer got David Wright to pop up behind second, an easy out. But Nats shortstop Ian Desmond must have been told to cover for Dan Uggla , known for his shoddy fielding. On a pop up that Uggla (starting at second base due to injury) was already parked under and calling, Desmond ran all the way over from short as if for some reason he thought there was no way Uggla would catch it. Desmond never even had a chance to get under the ball. It clipped off his glove and dropped in, putting Wright on second and Granderson, who had walked, on third.
Then big Lucas Duda ripped what Scherzer said was his best fastball of the day to right center, beating the shift and giving the Mets the lead 2-1.
The Mets would score again in the 7th and once again an Ian Desmond error was a factor. With one out Juan Lagares grounded sharply to short and Desmond spiked his throw to first, allowing the Mets center-fielder to reach. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud followed with a deep drive off the wall in center, and Laggy legged it in for the Mets 3rd run.
Four relievers followed Colon, all doing commendable jobs. Thirty-seven year old Buddy Carlyle got the last two outs for his first career save.
Mets Notes: Mejia's elbow tightened while he was warming up for the ninth. Sandy Alderson said Mejia would not have an MRI on Monday to check the elbow, but he could on Tuesday. Mejia went 6-6 with 28 saves last season.
This is worrisome but when you think about it the Mets have the depth and the options in the pitching department that if Mejia goes down, I don't think it will be a major problem. Might be a blessing in disguise. Jeurys Familia, who pitched the 8th, was displaying some real nasty stuff.
I do hope that Mejia does not have a real serious injury.
FUNFACTS: The Mets are now 35-19 in opening day games. In game two of the season, New York is 27-26.
UP NEXT: After Tuesday's day off, RHP Jacob deGrom, the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, takes the mound Wednesday. He made one start against Washington last season, a no-decision in August. Desmond went 2 for 3 with a homer off him.
Photos by H.Darr Beiser, Win McNamee, and Rob Carr