Baseball was back in Queens, with one of the most dominant pitchers in the game yielding another great start. As usual, the Mets offense awarded him with a no-decision.
Heroics for New York came in the 7th inning in the form of a rocket off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes. In his first game back following an injury, Cespedes made a loud return to the Mets lineup.
The one-run lead was slim, but the bullpen stood up to the task, with Lugo, Wilson, and Diaz allowing just one hit each.
The bats and bullpen weren’t there to back up a great start by Steven Matz in game two. Once again, a one-run lead came down to two out in the ninth, but with two strikes, Marcel Ozuna homered to spoil Diaz’s second save opportunity.
Runs piled on in the 10th, aided by the new extra inning rule, and the Mets fell, 5-3.
The final game of the series was a nightmare for Rick Porcello in his debut, lasting just two innings before the hits proved overwhelming. Atlanta piled on runs, walking away 14-1 winners. The Mets limped to Boston.
The bats finally found their groove in Fenway Park. Homeruns from Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, and Dom Smith gave a seven-run cushion on top of Michael Wacha’s impressive first game in orange and blue, and the Mets returned to an early .500 record.
Elsewhere in the Eastern division, trouble has begun brewing. At least 14 positive cases have been reported throughout the Marlins clubhouse, postponing the Marlins home opener against Baltimore and the Yankees’ trip to Philadelphia, where Miami opened the season.
All eyes are on Major League Baseball now, hopeful of a cautious and safe handling of this early-season trouble.