He induced an unlikely 1-3-6 double play to end the game and secure the 6-0 victory for the Mets. Robert Gsellman will now start Saturday.
But reliever Hansel Robles picked up where his pitching teammate left off, and in the bottom of the seventh, the rest of the Mets pulled the release valve on the building, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring everything they would need for a thoroughly satisfying 6-0, season-opening win.
The last time everyone saw Noah Syndergaard on the mound at Citi Field, he was throwing 99 miles per hour and matching zeros with Madison Bumgarner in a win-or-go-home playoff game.
For Mets fans and players alike, opening day marks a new start and a chance to forget a season cut short. And we're going to miss that. "I'm really not too concerned about it".
Though star Steven Matz will remain on the disabled list with an injured elbow, many agree this year The Amazins could return the commissioner's trophy to Citi Field. "He is extremely honest", said Syndergaard, who went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA and 218 strikeouts last season, earning his first All-Star selection. But after Monday's game, Collins said his elbow was now a more serious condition that could keep him on the shelf for a "couple of weeks". But once he was lifted after 96 pitches, NY took advantage of five walks by a shaky Braves bullpen in a six-run bottom of the seventh that lasted 35 minutes.
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He later had surgery twice on his right knee for torn meniscus issues, and this latest meniscus tear is in his left again. He first tore his meniscus ten games removed from returning to the Bulls after tearing his ACL in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
Reyes followed with a walk and after Cabrera's RBI single, Krol exited the game in favor of Chaz Roe. "This guy gave us quality inning after quality inning".
Freddie Freeman had three hits for the Braves, who stranded runners at third in the fourth, sixth and ninth innings.
- The Atlanta Braves today officially set their 25-man roster for Opening Day. A moment of silence was held prior to the game in honor of four recently deceased baseball figures: Former National League executive Katy Feeney, former Mets pitcher and manager Dallas Green, former Mets scout Harry Minor and Bill Webb, who directed Mets broadcasts on SNY.
Through six scoreless innings, Citi Field was perched on edge, a sold-out stadium just waiting for an opportunity to exhale, a patient Mets lineup just waiting for an opportunity to pounce, a stellar Mets bullpen just waiting for a chance to shine.