Adam Rubin of ESPN New York points out 5 notable Opening Day stats
. The 1st two are:
1. Jonathon Niese had his cutter workingOn a day where Niese didn’t have his best curveball (it yielded three hits, including a homer), he did have his best cutter.Niese had as sharp a break on the pitch as he did at any point last season. He threw 16 of 20 for strikes and the pitch netted him eight outs, including a pair of important ones with two on in the third inning, and allowed only one baserunner (on a hit-by-pitch).2. Collin Cowgill got hits against a right-handed hitterAlmost any time Terry Collins talked about Cowgill this spring, he referred to him as someone who was a good hitter ... against lefties.But at the very end of spring, once he’d named Cowgill the everyday center fielder, Collins noted how good Cowgill looked against right-handed pitching.Cowgill had two hits, a hustle double and the grand slam (Elias noted he became the third leadoff man with an Opening Day slam), both against righties.That matched the number of extra-base hits he’d had against righties in his first 112 career at-bats against them.
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