Found April 02, 2013 on MetsOnline:
Would you have believed me in February if I told you the Mets would win Opening Day 11-2 because of guys like Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, and John Buck? Did you think at that time in February that a Mets center fielder would leadoff on Opening Day and hit a double and a grand slam? Maybe you did… But if you did, you probably expected your Opening Day center fielder to be Michael Bourn and not Collin Cowgill, who was just absolutely awesome yesterday. Looking through the box score, it was nice to see seven of the nine guys in the Starting Lineup get a hit. Even Jon Niese even had two hits to along with his stellar 6 2/3 innings of two run, four hit baseball. Lucas Duda and Ike Davis were the only two players from the starting lineup to go hitless. These are two guys who have to hit a combined 50 homeruns minimum for the Mets to have any sort of shot this season. Obviously, Opening Day is just one game, but Ike didn’t look too good: he struck out four times. I’m really not worried about Ike Davis at all. In my opinion, he’s of the few non-question-marks the Mets have. Ike will hit at least 30 homers this year. I’m sure of it… What was good to see from Duda was the fact that even though he didn’t get any hits, had ended the game with an on-base-percentage of .500. Duda got on base in half of his plate appearances. Now, a walk really is not always as good as a hit, but you know what I’m trying to say… If you’re not going to get a hit, get on base. At the same time, Duda and Davis face a tough task  tomorrow and Thursday, as the team faces two lefties. It would have been nice for them to get hits yesterday–especially just for confidence. Anyway, I think this team is better than last year’s team. I really do. Yes, Santana and Dickey were on last year’s team, and Hairston too. But they’ll be a better team this year if Wheeler and d’Arnaud come up this summer and are as good as advertised. Niese and Harvey are going to have great seasons, and I think Gee could even end the year with an ERA just under 4.00. Collin Cowgill > Andres Torres; Marlon Byrd > Jason Bay; John Buck > Josh Thole; Jon Niese will have a better year this year than Johan Santana had last year, so Jon Niese > Johan Santana. That’s four upgrades in the starting lineup. We haven’t even touched on the bullpen, which HAS to be better. It couldn’t be worse. All in all, Opening Day is just one game. The Padres are probably going to be pretty bad this year, but they’re still a big league team. There were a lot of positives to take out of the game (the new guys playing well/Niese’s outing) and a few negatives (Duda and Ike). Remember though, it was one game. We should all be pumped that the Mets won 11 to 2. Let’s just not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Anyway, It’s great that Mets Baseball is back, it was great to the see the Mets play well yesterday, and it was great to see the Yankees get smacked!  
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