Game 1 was simply put: Disappointing. There wasn’t much to say about it except dominating. Tom Glavine came out and pitched like no one in New York thought he’d pitch. It was only the first game of the season, so I wasn’t expected a spectacular game, however, I was expecting a win, and we didn’t meet those standards. Carpenter struggled, we couldn’t get on base much until the 4th. We still struggled even after that in being inconsistent.
However, the credit to the New York Mets is due. It’s not that we sucked, it’s just that the Mets were better on Sunday night. Like I said, all the credit in the world, due to them, in the first game. I don’t really blame them for fighting hard for the victory — they had to watch the 2006 World Series championship banner be lifted right under the American flag. Something that they had a chance to play for, yet they just weren’t the best team in the playoffs when it came down to it thanks to two key injuries (however, injuries don’t validate things like this.)
Eckstein had a hit, leading off the game, in the bottom of the first. Carpenter pitched a 1-2-3 in the top of the first. The Mets came back, and scored some runs. Later on in the game, while the Mets were up 3-0, So Taguchi misplayed a ball in deep left, and it went over his head, bouncing off the left field wall, as the Mets increased the lead to 5-0. In the bottom of the third, Adam “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” Kennedy (sorry, I had to have a Chris Berman moment with the Marilyn Monroe (RIP) reference) hit a triple to deep center and we looked to be on a mini-comeback (this was during the Mets’ 2-0 lead.) However, Chris Carpenter came up, and Kennedy took a little too big of a lead, Carpenter bunted, and Kennedy was tagged out at third by [David] Wright. Eckstein, then, came up to the plate, and flew out to left.
We loaded the bases two times. Prior to the first time, Eckstein was running home, and Beltran made an unlikely throw to the plate, to throw him out. The game was just one that the Mets were going to, and destined to win. As we had the bases loaded, Molina came up with 2 outs, and popped it out to short for [Jose] Reyes to snatch. The second time we had the bases loaded, it was a similar on-base scenario. Pujols was walked. Rolen came up with 1 out, and grounded into a double play for the Mets to save the inning. Brilliant pitching by Tom Glavine does this for them ol’ Mets.
Now it’s no time to scream, or anything. It was Opening Day. This kinda stuff usually happens every year, and you don’t see a team just go all-out close on the first day. There’s 161 more to go, and I’m not worried a bit. Carpenter? He’ll be a fine. He has a defense behind him, and a great (defensive) catcher in Yadier Molina. I’m not worried one bit about Carp, because he’s a proven winner (once again, big thanks to that defense.) However, I can’t the same thing for Looper and Wells (even though Kippy had a 0.00 ERA in Spring Training.)
– The first pitch (useless stat, so what?) of the season resulted in a ball
– Jose Reyes was the first man to be picked off. Yes sir, by the Cardinals.
– I was a very angry Cardinals fan.
Tuesday night. Mets in Busch. Hernandez vs. Wells.
Pujols gets his first hit of the season.