Mets catcher John Buck hit his second homer in three games on Thursday, taking Padres closer Huston Street deep to left field in the ninth inning. It was the 50th home run for Buck since the start of the 2010 season. The 32-year-old spent last season with the Marlins.
The Mets have hit at least one home run in each of their first three games, the longest such stretch to open a season since New York hit a home run in four straight games to begin the 2006 campaign.
Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, who batted cleanup the first two games this season for the first time in his career, hit second on Thursday. The Marlins were 6-12 against the Mets last season, including a 2-7 record at Citi Field, where they’ve lost their last four games.
Jose Fernandez, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa, will make his major league debut Sunday. The 20-year-old right-hander went a combined 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 Class A starts last season between Gree...