Friday, April 6, 2012

Reaction To Mets Opening Day

Alright, bear with me because I'm not about to go all "the Mets are going to win the pennant" on you.  However, I think its fair to say that Opening day was a really really good day for the Mets and their fans.

First Impressions:
- I love the new walls!  Its not just the fact that their blue, which in my opinion makes the stadium feel more like home.  The row of seats in left field in front of the old Great Wall of Flushing and the newly reconstructed Mo Zone are not only easier on the eye, but are certainly more player friendly than before.
- The Mets nailed the Gary Carter tribute!  From the videos, to the patch design on the wall, to his family throwing to the likes of his former teammates..Just well done all around.

Good Starts:
- I probably would have been happy with Johan Santana's outing yesterday as long as his arm didn't fly off into the stands in the second inning.  The fact that he pitched five scoreless innings and got out of a bases loaded jam to finish his outing is just icing on the cake.  I look forward to more of the same as Santana gets increasingly comfortable going forward.
- This is a big season for David Wright, and a two hit performance that includes the game winning RBI is a hell of a way to get it started.  Wright went with the pitch on each of his two hits in a few pieces of good situational hitting.  Obviously there are still 161 games to play, but I expected a big bounce back year from David.

Not-So-Good Starts:
- Entering the season it was no secret that depth was a major concern for the Mets so a day one injury is never good.  However, if the team has to deal with an injury Torres is probably their most expendable piece.  This only hastens the promotion of either Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Matt Den Dekker, which I expected sooner than later anyway.
- Jason Bay's days are numbered.  Twice yesterday I thought to myself, this would be a big spot for Jason to pick up a hit.  Both times he failed, but that's not really the point.  Bays stock is so low, that even opening day opportunities are over-valued.  He too could fall victim to the organization's outfield prospects sooner than later if he doesn't get himself together.

Overall, a good start!  And I'm going to take the opportunity to enjoy the good days on the likely chance that they are far outnumbered by the not-so-good days.  Lets Go Mets!