The crowd was large, energetic and loud as the Mets opened Citi Field today. The day started off with a great gesture, honoring the families of the two fallen NYPD officers, which led into what we all came to see, our New York Mets. Jacob deGrom, honored to be named the starter for the Mets home opener, showed Flushing exactly why he is the reigning NL Rookie of the Year Award winner. He dominated the Phillies all afternoon, leaving them with not even a glimmer of a run scoring opportunity. The place felt electric and for the first time in a long time, the announced record setting crowd of over 43,000 people (standing room only) actually felt honest. The Mets shutout the Phillies 2-0 to go above .500 on the season at 4-3.
deGrom was dominant from the first batter until he was removed from the game. He threw 99 pitches (64 strikes) through 6 and 1/3 innings of 7 hit, no run baseball. The Phillies never made any loud, or solid, contact all afternoon and the defense helped out with a well timed double play (finally).
The bullpen continues to impress despite the missing bigger names. Carlos Torres came on in a big spot in the 7th and bailed deGrom out of some potential trouble, and that was followed up by another outstanding appearance from Blevins, who created the bridge to the new closer, Familia who shut the gates on the Mets first home win of 2015.
The Mets offense continued to be non-existent. Lagares got a lucky RBI infield single off a ball that couldn’t be fielded by Harang and another late run off a sacrifice fly by the Mets leading RBI man to start the season, Travis d”Arnaud (6).