The New York Mets got an easy victory on the opening day of the Major League Baseball season over the San Diego Padres by using a familiar and effective formula: score two-out runs. Nine of the 11 runs the Mets scored came with two outs in the inning, including a two-out grand slam by centerfielder Collin Cowgill in the 7th inning to put the game out of reach.
The ability to get key two-out hits and drive in runs is reminiscent of the 2012 version of the Mets, at least during the first half of the season. The Mets were able to remain in contention during the first half of 2012 by constantly coming up with clutch hits and driving in runs with two outs. It was uncanny for such an offensively challenged team to have such timely hitting over the entire first half of the season, and this year’s Mets appear to have picked up where last year’s Mets left off last July.
Of course, last year’s Mets couldn’t keep up such timely hitting all season, and this year’s Mets team probably won’t be able to make a habit of it over 162 games. But it’s a great sign that this year’s team at least has the potential to come away with clutch two-out hits that drive in runs. Nearly everybody in the lineup, including pitcher Jon Niese, was a part of the offensive explosion for the Mets on opening day. It’s just one game, and there’s 161 left to go, but it was a great game for the Mets, not only because they won, but because of how they won: with clutch hitting and two-out runs.
Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer. Follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him to your network on Google+.