Originally written on BigAppleMetsTalk  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Another great day for the Mets who have now won 33 of the last 43 Opening day games. Here are some thoughts from Game 1 of 162.  It was also the first franchise history that the team won a game 1-0 to start the season.
  • Johan’s start was more than any of us could have hoped for. Aside from the 5th inning when he began to run out of gas he actually dominated. Putting down 12 straight in your first start in over a year just goes to show how great of a pitcher he really is.
  • Wright and Murphy look really good as they both hit solid line drives to both sides of the field.
  • The new look bullpen looked as good in person as they did on paper, and Francisco showed no signs of his balky knee as he dialed it up in the 9th.
  • Thole looked good behind the dish blocking balls in the dirt, and went the other way very nicely for two hits.
  • Touching Opening Day ceremony with the unveiling of the Gary Carter emblem on the Outfield wall

Andres Torres came up lame in the 7th and had to leave the game. The injury was a flare up of the calf injury he battled all spring, and as it turns out he came back to soon.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis will replace Torres on the roster who has been placed on the 15-day DL and will probably get some starts in Center because Collins prefers Scott Hairston to come off the bench.

As far as the lineup goes, I would imagine that we would see Tejada move up to the lead-off spot and Nieuwenhuis be slotted in the 8th spot.


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