Mets almost always pass the first test. On Friday, they won another home win, defeating Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 with sun-drenched City Field. This is their 61st season and 40th victory in their first home game.
That’s 0.656 percent of the win for the Metz in their annual presentation to New York fans. In all other games, their winning percentage is 0.479. The first impression is not always preserved.
However, this time things may be different. The Mets have the best result in the top league – 6-2. They are missing two-time Sai Young award winner, injured Jacob de Grom, but their starting games have an average salary of 1.32. On Friday, they lost two daily outfielders to the list of victims of Covid-19 and continued to beat poor Diamondbacks.
“Today is a great day to be a New York Met,” said Francisco Lindar, who missed some great days last year, in his tough debut season with the team. Lindar scored three runs on Friday, going twice, stealing base and committing second and third home runs of the season. In 2021, his third Homer appeared only on May 15, and in June he moved the average below 0,200.
For the Metz and their fans, Friday was a chance to believe in what an organization can be. Finally, the Mets honored Tom Severus, who died in 2020, with a statue he earned many years ago: a tall 10-foot monument to The Franchise in Side. Think of all the parents, grandparents who can point to this, now and forever, as the definition of fall and management, the mechanics of the master.
A statue of William Berends stands at the entrance to Jackie Robinson’s rotunda, a grand entrance to the football stadium built by Fred Wilpon. Beat the Wilpons all you want for the fact that they ignored the Metz story when the stadium opened in 2009, but they realized that a tribute to Robinson would surpass the team’s loyalty.
The displays in the rotunda, reminiscent of Abbets Field, are a strong and enduring reminder of the most important figure in baseball history. On the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s debut at Brooklyn, a player named after him, Robinson Kano, made the first home run of the day.
Kano – who wears the number 42, as all players do, once a year to mark the moment when the colored line has fallen – is a troubled torchbearer returning this season after a year of disqualification due to another failed drug test. which increase productivity. But the Mets were happy to host him on Friday, and Mark Kanha and Brandon Nima were unavailable.
Both players tested positive for coronavirus – as did coach Glen Sherlock – although they were said to be asymptomatic. Kanha is fully vaccinated and reinforced, and Nima does not disclose his status. A player can return in less than 10 days with two negative PCR tests, but vaccinated players can usually return faster than unvaccinated ones.
“It’s part of life in the 2020s,” said manager Buck Shawolter, “not to mention baseball.”
Without Kani and Nima Shawolter gave Jeff McNeil a third start in the left field and put Kano in second. Travis Jankowski – who starred at Stony Brook University ten years ago – started from the center field and stood out three times. Starling Marte got his usual start and did everything: blocked, Homer, two singles and three runs.
The Mets signed Marte for four years and $ 78 million as part of Stephen A. Cohen’s waste before the lockout. It was big money for a 33-year-old player who relies on his feet and was once turned down for performance-enhancing drugs, but it coincided with Cohen’s mission – to win now.
The Mets Register on the first day was the oldest in the major competitions with an average age of 31.3, but they play with a youthful spirit; Marte, who loves cartoons, wears a necklace with a shiny pendant Mickey Mouse. He sounds delighted with his new surroundings.
“We always help each other,” Marte said through an interpreter. “After the bat, a guy will come and give me pointers, or I’ll give to others. But it’s really special to have guys with so many different levels of experience that they can contribute and be willing to help each other. “
Marte, who finished last season with Auckland, was not the only 33-year-old to give up the premier cost-cutting premiere that hit Flushing. Starter Chris Basit worked out six strong innings on Friday and won for the second time this season.
For veterans, it was reminiscent of the North’s final opening line in New York: six innings against Philadelphia Phillies to start the 1983 season. That season ended badly for the Mets, who finished last and then lost to the North White Sox North when they failed to defend him in a free agent compensation draft.
Now the biggest Met at home – forever, in bronze, is the callback in the glory days of the team on the afternoon that promised to come again.