The Mets pounced on the San Diego Padres today for an 11-2 win in front of what the team classified as a sell-out crowd. You would never know it from the looks of all the empty seats, but it is their story and they are sticking to it.
Over the past 22 years, the Mets are 20-2 on opening day, and it would be nice if the team played as well the rest of the year. They also own the best win percentage in MLB in openers with a 34-18 record.
Manager Terry Collins received plenty of support from his outfielders, whom most would say are the worst group in the majors. After announcing before the weekend that Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd and Lucas Duda would be the starters with no platoons, only Duda was barren at the plate today.
Cowgill responded with going 2-5 and driving in four runs with a grand slam in the seventh, and as Adam Rubin tweeted:
Collin Cowgill is the first player with a grand slam in his #Mets debut in franchise history.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) April 1, 2013
In a year when not much is expected of the Mets, for at least today Collins and his club can enjoy the offensive explosion to go along with a fine pitching performance by Jonathan Niese. And in case you are keeping track, Niese also had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk to help the cause.
It is safe to say that these 11 run outputs will not be the norm for the Mets, but if Byrd and Cowgill can produce as they did today, and the team can produce two-out hits like they did in the first half of 2012, this might become a fun team to watch.
Enjoy the win today, Mets fans. Next up is Matt Harvey on Wednesday, with the opportunity to batter a bad team in the Padres once again. These are the games that need to be won if there is going to be any meaningful baseball later this season.