Marlins Game recap
PUT IT IN THE BOOKS!!!!! The Mets win their home opener 3-2 in one of the most bizarre finishes I have ever seen. Not only was it a walkoff hit by pitch, but it was also a ball that was called a strike and then ruled a HBP bringing in Guillorme for the winning run. Usually, the Mets are on the other end of something like this. Look, as a Mets fan I couldn’t care less how they won as long as they got the W, but as an unbiased observer, Conforto 100% leaned into it and the Marlins have every right to be furious. However, that is not the case and the Mets move to 2-2 on the season. The rest of the game was kind of brutal to watch from an offensive perspective. Much like the game yesterday, the Mets missed opportunity after opportunity as they kept leaving guys on base and showed an inability to hit with runners in scoring position. Dom Smith provided the only scoring of the game for the Mets before the 9th with a bases loaded sac fly in the 5th. The Mets wouldn’t score again until Jeff McNeil hit a walkoff homerun off Anthony Bass in the 9th. That was Jeffs first hit of the season and what a time to get it as the Mets looked dead in the water. While were on the subject of Jeff McNeil, I still don’t understand the decision to bat Villar ahead of McNeil. I don’t care about the lefty-righty dynamic, you shouldn’t be hitting your best pure hitter 7th. But hard to get too mad now as it all worked out in the end. Speaking of things that worked, Taijuan Walker was great in his first game in the orange and blue going 6 innings allowing 2 earned on 4 hits and striking out 4. All of his pitches were working and he took a no hitter into the 5th and besides getting hit around in the 6th, there was nothing not to like about his performance. The bullpen did their job today as Castro and May pitched for the 3rd time in 4 days and Edwin Diaz making his season debut went 3 scoreless innings. Again another questionable call by Rojas that paid off pitching May and Castro again. Bizarre win or not, the Mets won this game but they need to be better with runners in scoring position if they want have any sustained success this season. They have an off day tomorrow but will back in Flushing on Saturday as Jacob deGrom is back on the hill to take on Trevor Rogers.