Cardinals Drop Season Opener to Mets 9-4 in NY

Tanya Simon
April 1, 2018

New Met Adrian Gonzalez plated fellow new Met Todd Frazier with a double to give the Mets a 4-3 lead with one out.

It was a better day for the other Martinez, Jose, who went 3-for-4, including a home run, and drove in two runs.

Cespedes registered five at-bats, including a two-run single in the second and an RBI single in the fifth. Kershaw struck out 7 and walked 2 in 6 innings.

It isn't known when Holland will be ready to join the team, having missed all of spring training, and it could be hard for him to find a place to get into games in the next week.

"I put our lineup against anyone", Bruce said. "We have young guys with so much talent". Gonzalez and catcher Kevin Plawecki were each 2-for-3 with two walks. "A good kick-start to the season".

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The lovely thing about baseball though is that its eight months provide so many twists and turns that expectations can fly out the window once the first pitch is thrown. Greg Holland agreed to a $14 million, one-year contract with the team, according to a person familiar with the deal. His addition would be a major boost to an unsettled Cardinals bullpen lacking a proven closer in the wake of several injuries.

At the plate: The Cardinals struck out 15 times, their highest total ever on opening day. The previous Mets manager to win his debut was Jeff Torborg in 1992.

GIANTS 1, DODGERS 0 Joe Panik homered off Clayton Kershaw in the fifth inning and San Francisco beat Los Angeles, dealing the three-time NL Cy Young Award victor his first loss in his franchise-record eighth consecutive opening day start.

While this day often brings optimism that sometimes isn't warranted, there is reason to expect big things from both of New York's baseball teams. Conforto is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery for a dislocated left shoulder and is eligible to return late next week, when the Mets are in Washington.

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