deGrom spoils Nationals Opener

Jacob deGrom won the Cy Young last year. He carved out the Nationals bats in the opener, creating a good start to the 2019 season. The Nationals had opportunities to score runs off him early, but once those failed deGrom cruised through six, striking out 10 Nats. The bullpen completed the final three innings to shut out the Nationals 2-0.

Max Scherzer was brilliant as well, finishing second to deGrom in the Cy Young voting. He gave up a solo homerun to Robinson Cano on a changeup in the first inning with two outs that landed in the centerfield bleachers. Except for Cano he struck out the side in the first inning. He went to strike out 12 for his 7.2 innings of work. He only gave up two hits on the day. The Nationals chose not to pinch hit for him in the seventh with two out and no one on, behind 1-0, but he only worked two outs into the eighth before walking Dominic Smith and seeing his day complete without the win.

Robinson Cano drove in the second run with a single in the eighth off Matt Grace, scoring Dominic Smith. The Mets received good production in the trade with the Mariners that got them Cano and Edwin Diaz when Diaz came on in the ninth and closed out the game with a save. He retired the side in order.

The Nationals had opportunities to score early in the game. With runners on first and second and two outs in the first Ryan Zimmerman lined one between short and third. Jeff McNeil made a diving catch for the third out. The ball was hit so hard it may have been difficult for Trea Turner to score from second.

In the third the Nationals had runners on first and third with no outs. Trea Turner showed some impatience, swinging at a couple high pitches and striking out when he probably could have drawn a walk. Victor Robles then made a base running mistake when Anthony Rendon grounded to third. Robles darted back to third, McNeil threw to second to get the second out, Robles broke for the plate and Cano threw it home to get Robles in a run down. He was tagged out to end the inning.

There are still 161 games to play. The two players acquired by the Mets in the Mariners trade were responsible to win game one. With another four months of the season left to play the other 161 games can turn out very differently.

Nats Notes - It was a sellout crowd of 42,263. The concessions were crowded. Myworld chose one of the stands with the least amount of people. We tried the pupusas on the first floor near the third base side and would highly recommend them…Both Scherzer and deGrom were hitting the radar at 95-97 with excellent secondary pitches. They became only the second duo to strike out 10 or more batters on opening day since Dave McNally and Sam McDowell did it in 1950…Jake Noll made the opening day roster. On opening day every trainer, coach and player is introduced. Noll made his opening day introduction unique. As he was introduced he stumbled getting out of his crouch as he ran to the first base line to join his other teammates. Rookie mistake, but one that did not hurt as much as Victor Robles in the third inning…Lots of activity at the Shake Shake and the Chinese/Korean concession nest to it Chieko. I can’t imagine people getting their food until two innings had passed.

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