Yesterday was opening day for the Mets in Port St. Lucie. They won their first game of the spring. It was a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
You'll see a lot of unfamiliar names in the boxscore as the regulars did not play. It had rained earlier and Jerry Manuel didn't want to take a chance and have one of his best slip and fall on the damp grass. So be it. The games don't count anyway.
You might have heard of Ryota Igarashi. He is our Japanese free agent signing who will hopefully be shoring up the bullpen. He pitched a scoreless 9th inning, giving up a walk, and was credited with the save. I'm sure you never heard of Bobby Livingston. He is a non-roster invitee who will surely be assigned to a minor league team soon. But he impressed with 2.2 innings of no hit, two walk pitching.
At the bat, virtually all of the starters will play in the minors this season. Ike Davis impressed with two hits, Ruben Tejada had a hit and RBI and Russ Adams hit a long pinch hit home run.
Today, the Braves came back and beat the Mets 9-5. The Mets had led 4-0. Fernando Martinez had two hit including a triple. Other regulars with singles were Daniel Murphy, Rod Barajas, Alex Cora and Angel Pagan. Eddie Kunz did not pitch well as he gave up the lead by allowing 4 runs in his .1 innings of work. Josh Stinson gave up 5 run the next inning and received the loss; however it should be noted that only 1 run was earned as the Mets made four errors while he was on the mound.
Note that tomorrow's game against the Cardinals is at 1:10 PM and will be televised on SNY.