MLB Predictions: Will Braves cover as underdog vs. Syndergaard, Mets? 4/3/17

Doyle BarkerApr 06, 2017

Stephen Strasburg (1-0) earned the win, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings, pitching out of the stretch the whole way.

The New York Mets started the season off right and the Atlanta Braves didn't.

There was always a very good chance that we were going to be in for a low-scoring affair this afternoon, and for six innings that's exactly what we got from Julio Teheran and Noah Syndergaard. He isn't anxious about the blister, although it affects all his pitches.

The hard-throwing ace pitched six sharp innings before leaving with a blister, Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh and the Mets broke through following a pivotal replay reversal to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 in their season opener Monday. Jose Reyes is the catalyst leading off and after a flawless first inning from Syndergaard it was chants of "Jose-Jose" again on Opening Day but he struck out looking.

Reynolds reached four times and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who erased a one-run deficit with two late errors by the Brewers and got four scoreless innings from their bullpen.

The starting pitchers continued to match each other over the next three innings before the game was turned over to the bullpens for the final third of the game.

Jay Bruce came to the plate and drew a 3-1 count before walking home a run to put the Mets up 3-0.

"It's been our goal since the first game of spring training - try to get to the playoffs, go to the playoffs and try to win the World Series", Mets third baseman Jose Reyes told Newsday on Friday. Wilmer Flores got a single as the Braves couldn't turn a double play, then stole second base with one out. A blister and a tough hurler for six innings was not going to spoil the homecoming on Opening Day. Teheran is 7-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 15 career games against the Mets, 14 starts. Duda said. "I just made a decision to be aggressive and it paid off".

Ian Krol began the frame by allowing a single, inducing a groundout, and issuing a walk to make it runners on first and second with one out.

Teheran, a two-time All-Star, is scheduled to pitch his fourth consecutive season opener. Atlanta has three off days over the first two weeks of the season, after which time they could revisit the idea of adding an eighth reliever. But there are some new health concerns for the team's pitching staff - though their gravity isn't yet clear. This is largely the same group as last year, and many of these players have been Mets for several years now. The Mets placed OF Juan Lagares (oblique), RHP Seth Lugo (right elbow), LHP Steven Matz (left elbow), OF Brandon Nimmo (right hamstring) and 3B David Wright (shoulder, neck) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30.

The reaction was similar to Syndergaard's response a year ago when he bristled over the incessant speculation about a bone spur in his right elbow. He was in uniform for pregame introductions and was given a warm hand. "Some of these guys don't know Major League Baseball without him in it", Snitker said. Jacob deGrom will take the ball for the Mets, while former Met Bartolo Colon will oppose him.

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