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At long last, the baseball season is upon us. The Mets opened the season Sunday night against the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, and were forced to sit through presentation after presentation honoring the team that they had lost the World Series to only about 5 months ago (Good Job MLB). After all the celebrations were over, the game finally began and it saw Matt Harvey facing off against Edinson Volquez. Harvey pitched well in his first start of the season, but was let down early by a Yoenis Cespedes error that would prove to be costly.
The Mets came back from a 4-0 deficit to lose 4-3, and managed to get the tying run to third base with one out in the ninth before Wright and Cespedes struck out to end the game. Thankfully, the Mets finally got some revenge over the Royals on Tuesday afternoon as Noah Syndergaard proved to everyone that he will be close to unstoppable this year. No that is not an exaggeration, Noah Syndergaard will be close to unstoppable this year. He struck out 8 players last night using his slider, which was nearly the same amount of batters he struck out all last year using a slider. New addition Neil Walker had the decisive home run in the game as the Mets shutout the Royals 2-0.
So, what did we learn? We learned that Matt Harvey will be very good this year, but Noah Syndergaard just appears to be on another level already. We also saw Michael Conforto looking like the great young player we all know he is and will be, and in my opinion, he will be THE breakout player in the MLB this year. Finally, we learned that the Royals are a pretty good all around baseball team and will most likely be one of the best in the league once again this year. It is obviously early, but I love what I am seeing from this team already, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this season has in store for us.
– C. Homola