The good: Jon Niese looked quite comfortable making an Opening Day start – add the fact that he was on base three times (two hits and one walk) and it was a good day indeed. Sure, the Padres didn’t have the most potent offense, especially with the absence of Chase Headley, but Niese still got them out. David Wright, the newly-named captain, showed some good defense and hustle on the basepaths. Collin Cowgill had a grand slam and Marlon Byrd had a nice Mets debut with two RBIs. I was so happy Scott Rice had an easy ninth inning – it took him 14 years to get to this point. John Buck did a better job today in his No. 44 uniform than Jason Bay did in his whole time as a Met.
The bad: Very little bad can occur in an 11-2 win. Ruben Tejada booted what looked like an easy grounder that would have gotten New York out of the inning, but the next hitter grounded out to Daniel Murphy to end the frame anyways.
The ugly: Ike Davis went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts at the plate. That was about it.
All in all, a good day that was made even better with the Yankees losing to Boston.
No game tomorrow, but Matt Harvey takes the mound against Clayton Richard on Wednesday. Let’s Go Mets.