It’s Opening Day 2012. Everyone is excited. Johan Santana is on the mound. He’s pumped. The crowd is cheering. Santana throws the first. Ball one. He takes a deep breath and fires an 88 MPH fastball. Strike one. He throws a slider. Strike two. He throws another slider. Ball two. Then he throws a fastball at 90 MPH. Michael Bourn grounds out to first base.
David Wright was definitely today's game MVP
The game continues. Johan Santana ends up throwing five shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out five.
Ramon Ramirez comes in for the Mets. He had a very tough spring, but a great season in 2011. He allows two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Tim Byrdak is up next. He comes into the game after having surgery just weeks ago. He throws back to back strikeouts.
The second of the three new Mets relievers comes in for the eighth inning. His name is Jon Rauch… He is 6′-11″ – 290 lbs. Three outs.
Finally, it’s up to Frank Francisco–the new closer for the New York Mets. Francisco threw a scoreless inning, striking out one, and picking up his first save of the season.
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 today with a double, and David Wright drove in the winning run and the only run when Andres Torres touched home plate.
Torres, the Mets new starting center-fielder strained his calf today and will probably end up on the 15-day-DL.
Josh Thole went 2-for-3 and Scott Hairston went 1-for-1 in his only at-bat of the game, playing for Andres Torres.
Saturday’s Game: The Mets are not playing tomorrow, but will be back on Saturday. They will be going for the series win against the Braves at Citi Field. At 1:10 PM, R.A. Dickey will be on the hill for the Mets and Jair Jurrjens will be on the hill for the Braves.