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3/30-4/2, New York Mets Weekly Report

NEWS: This past month there was a huge event called the World Baseball Classic. This event featured a countless number of superstars from 20 different countries all around the world. For most people, this event was electrifying and was the best baseball they had ever watched, but of course for Mets fans, that wasn’t the case. Our superstar closer, Edwin Diaz, tore his patellar tendon and will miss most if not all of this upcoming season. Justin Verlander, who signed a contract worth around $86 million, also found himself on the IL to start the season with a low grade teres major strain. But now let’s get to this last week in New York Mets baseball. 

Series 1: New York Mets @ Miami Marlins

Opening Day/Game 1: 

The first hit of the season came from their new catcher, Omar Narvaez, in the third inning. Their first run of the season came in that same inning, when CF Brandon Nimmo hit a sacrifice fly to bring in DH Daniel Vogelbach. SS Francisco Lindor also hit a sacrifice fly, but in the 6th inning, which brought in Brandon Nimmo. After an RBI single by Jeff McNeil in the sixth inning the Mets were on top 3-0, but Max Scherzer had some struggles in the bottom of the inning, and it was now a 3-3 game. Brandon Nimmo became a hero as he brought in 2 runners on a double, and that would be it for the scoring as the Mets won 5-3. Record: 1-0

Game 2:

This game started great as Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor turned a pretty difficult 3-6 double play in the bottom of the 1st, but made it look very easy. After another no-hit inning for the Mets offense, the Marlins took advantage and OF Jorge Soler hit a solo HR to make it 1-0 Marlins. There was no more scoring until the bottom of the 8th inning, where Jazz Chisolm hit another solo HR for the Marlins to make it 2-0 Marlins. Pete Alonso gave the Mets life as he hit a solo HR in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough and the Mets fell to the Marlins, 2-1. Record: 1-1

Game 3: 

The starting pitcher for the Mets was Tylor Megill, who was only up because of the injury to Ace Justin Verlander. Omar Narvaez helped him out with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, Tylor Megill gave up the lead immediately, and it was a 2-1 Marlins lead at the end of the second inning. Omar Narvaez, once again helping out his young pitcher, singles to bring in Mark Canha and tie the game up at 2. Pete Alonso and Mark Canha both brought in runs in the 5th inning, and the Mets lead 4-2. Mark Canha hit a HR later on in the game and made it a 6-2 game, after a 3-4 day at the plate. Record: 2-1

Game 4:

Today was Kodai Senga day, a 30 year old pitcher who came over from Japan to pursue his MLB dreams. The Mets offense helped him out a ton in the top of the first inning, scoring 2 runs thanks to poor defense by the Marlins. It was obvious that Senga was pretty nervous however, as it took him 36 pitches to get out of the first inning, but luckily he only surrendered 1 run. In the top of the fifth inning, the Mets 4th outfielder Tommy Pham, who was horrible in spring training, destroyed a baseball which went 433 feet, and made it a 4-1 game. Kodai Senga also finished out his day in a great way, only giving up one hit after the 1st inning and racking up 8 strikeouts with his famous “Ghost Fork” pitch. After another run scored late in the game, the Mets finished it out with a 5-1 win, and a series win. Record: 3-1

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