Another MLB Opening Day, another win for the New York Mets. The Mets improved their baseball best record on Opening Day to 35-19. Now they need to take that kind of success and carry it through the next 6 months and give cause to celebrate after Opening Day. Leading up to Opening Day 2015, most of the Mets fanbase was up in arms regarding the selection of Bartolo Colon to start the ROAD opener, especially with the likes of last year’s Rookie of the Year winner, Jacob DeGrom or the returning Dark Knight, Matt Harvey, waiting in the wings.
3 Strikes from Bartolo Colon’s Opening Day Win:
Bartolo Colon is the proven veteran on the Mets staff. He takes the ball every 5 days and keeps his team in the game, which he has been doing since the late 90’s. He won 15 games for a not-so-good Mets team in 2014 and did not deserve all of the criticism he received leading up to game one.
Colon shut up all of his critics by limiting the Nationals to a Bryce Harper solo homer over 6 innings, with consistent low 90’s fastballs and pinpoint control, while striking out 8. No he is not a part of the team’s long term plans, but he is here now and he delivers results.
Colon beat one of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball, let alone the Washington Nationals pitching staff, in Max Scherzer. The Mets were completely stymied by Scherzer for the first 6 innings, not getting more than a Grandson leadoff walk, and Colon stuck to the plan, stayed focused and kept the Mets in the game leading to the eventual win.
Thanks to Colon’s dominant start, the Mets now take a 1-0 series lead with DeGrom and Harvey still to come. Hate on that!