Two down and 160 games to go. It’s way too early to pencil the Mets in for anything but the team (2-0) has looked good. Albeit against a weak San Diego Padres team, but the New York Mets won their second game of the season, defeating them 8-4.
The big story of the night is Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. The pitcher dominated the Padres in his first start of the season, allowing just one hit, walking two and striking out 10. Despite a chilly New York night, Harvey’s fastball was clocked in the 90s into the seventh inning. He threw 94 pitches (63 for strikes) and showed his new weapon, the change-up, which was effective.
(Harvey, who suffered an embarrassing loss to the Padres a year ago, redeemed himself and made the Padres pay for it. The Padres handed Harvey the worst defeat of his rookie season, beating him for five runs, eight hits and two homers in five innings last August.)
So far so good for the Mets’ future on the mound.
The Mets win wasn’t a one-man show. The Mets’ offense broke through in the second, and it started with veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd hitting a ground-ball single to the left to lead off the inning. David Wright ripped a run-scoring double down the left field, Ike Davis, John Buck and Lucas Duda each blasted two-run homers as the Mets feasted on the Clayton Richards’ pitching. The Mets went for the kill in the fifth inning, adding more runs to increase their lead to 8-0.
The Mets are off to a fast start, but it’s a long season. Let’s hope the Mets can stay healthy and play at the same level they’ve played their first two games.