WASHINGTON, DC – As a replacement for Tianil Megill’s Opening Day, he did everything he could as Jacob de Grom.
Megil, who just over a week ago could hardly even break camp with the team, made five innings for the stop, conceded just three shots and scored six in the Mets ’win over the USA on Thursday at Nationals Park with a score of 5- 1. When Megill settled into the groove and left the last eight beats in a row, the lack of an ace of the Mets, who will remain at least until June with a right shoulder blade injury, occupying his usual menacing position on the hill, became easier to bear.
“I’ll remember this one,” said Megill, who added that he would hang his T-shirt on Remembrance Day. “The first of many.”
Buck Shawolter earned his first victory as Metz managerand Amazin improved to 40-21 to continue their series, owning the best record in the Major League Baseball on opening day.
“We’re not going to win them all, but we’ll try,” Shawalter said. “All right, right? Some nights when they won’t look so aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes the gods of baseballs get you, but tonight they smiled at us.
The Mets ’new look supported Megill’s stunning 68-field outing, doing what she didn’t do last season: take advantage of runners on the scoring spot. Mark Kanha impressed with an RBI single, Eduardo Escobar tore a double into the center field, and Starling Marte twice reached base. Robinson Kano, in his first game back after deviating from the PED in 2021, went with a score of 2 to 3, including one of the results against the change, with a walk and two runs.
“While they give me a third base open, I was going to try to reach it that way,” Kano said. “It’s not about my numbers. I’m just going to the base and helping this team win the game. “
Eight of the nine starters secured at least one hit on Thursday; the only bouncer who didn’t bounce was James McCann, but he still scored an RBI after being hit on a field with loaded bases in the fifth inning. The Mets knocked out left-hander Patrick Corbin from the start after four innings, scoring 12 shots in nine innings after all was said and done.
Magil, throwing harder than ever, showed why Shawalter and the Mets were right when they gave him the ball for the opening.
“It was fun to watch,” Shawalter said of Megill’s exit. “The best could not be asked for.”
The right-hander hit the hit zone with fast balls at 99 miles per hour, which is about three miles harder than in his previous career to open the first serve. It was clear that the young right-hander was confident at the start of Vernissage Day, and the Nationals strikers were completely confused.
In the third inning Megill got into a single jam with runners at the corners. Do you agree? None other than the dangerous Juan Soto. But Megill was not surprised by the menacing presence of Soto’s plate; The 26-year-old swung at 98 mph uphill to cause a swing and miss from Soto to the second exit. Moments later, Megill appointed striker Nelson Cruz to finish the threat and serve. All nails.
“He’s probably one of the funniest bats you can go with,” Magil said of the collision with Soto. “I mean, he’s very competitive. I also consider myself very competitive. So it’s always fun to walk with such a guy. “
Soto, one of the best strikers in baseball, finally broke into the sixth inning, destroying a single shot from 428 feet in the second deck of the right field from the Mets’ turret Trevor May. The rest of the Mets ’relief hands put zeros in the Wounds column, and Adam Atavina impressed with a couple of strikeouts in his perfect debut performance in the Mets. The Mets closer to Edwin Diaz, in an unsaved situation, allowed a walk before closing the door for the Nats.
After a series of unfortunate events that ended spring training – DeGrom’s shoulder injury, Max Scherzer has no hamstring tension, Brendan Neem’s stiff neck-The Discovery Day went as smoothly as possible for the opening of Showalter Mets.
Which suggests that Pete Alonso also escaped complete disaster after a terrible blow by Mason Thompson that drilled his shoulder and helmet in the ninth inning. Alonso fell to the ground, spitting blood, and Showalter immediately took him out of the game.
The manager later said Alonso would have “several sexy lips for a couple of days”. But Shawolter stressed that he did not cover the situation – the “Mets” were drilled three times by jugs “USA” in the game on Thursday. The skipper said that there were some emotions after knocking in the Metz dugout.
“Everything’s fine, just a broken lip,” said Alonso, who was holding his swollen and bloody lip to the locker. “That’s all. Got all the teeth. No concussions. All is well. “