Mets(courtesy of mlb.com)
While it certainly was a nice sight for Mets fans to see Wright go deep, there was also safety in numbers. In this case, the numbers were three and two. The Mets had three newcomers in their Opening Day lineup, and each delivered two hits. Big free-agent acquisition Jason Bay went 2-for-4 with a run scored while hitting fifth. Gary Matthews Jr. followed Bay in the lineup and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Rod Barajas started behind the plate and also finished with a double and an RBI. It might be helpful if that carried over, particularly for Bay on Wednesday. The outfielder has gone just 2-for-12 against Nolasco in his career.
Marlins(courtesy of mlb.com)
Ricky Nolasco was the Marlins’ best pitcher in Spring Training. In fact, the 27-year-old was arguably one of the best starters in the league in Grapefruit League games. He was 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA. Most impressively, the right-hander struck out 21 and walked just one in 25 1/3 innings.
In his last regular-season start, on Sept. 30, 2009, at Atlanta, Nolasco set a franchise record with 16 strikeouts, and he had a streak of fanning nine in a row. He might need stuff like that since the Mets have hit .319 off of Nolasco through his career.
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