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The Good, Bad and Ugly (for the Mets) of Opening Day

The Good:

  • John Lannan did not look too hot in his 3 2/3, 5 run outing against the Phillies on Monday. He gave up seven hits and walked three. NOW is the time to beat up on the Nats, before Strasburg and Storen become the Killer S’s.
  • Josh Johnson struggled, though he’ll likely round into form. This is in “the good” column because if the Mets are going to win this year, they have to take it to Johnson and the other aces every now and then.
  • Derek Lowe didn’t look great, giving up five runs in six innings. Really, Johan and Halladay were the only NL East starters who distinguished themselves on opening day.

The Bad:

  • Ryan Howard homered.
  • Placido Polanco homered.
  • The Phillies had 13 hits and walked nine times. Yep. NINE walks WHILE they were hitting.
  • Gaby Sanchez looked pretty good the other day against the Mets. Pitch recognition looked outstanding.
  • The Braves scored 16 opening day runs.

The Ugly:

  • Roy Halladay wasn’t amazing, but he was pretty darn good in his first NL start, giving up six hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out nine and allowed just one run. But just remember, if Halladay is killing you, the Nats shouldn’t be far away on the schedule.
  • Remember this spring how everyone thought Jason Heyward was the real thing? A 2-for-5 day and homer in his first MLB at-bat didn’t do much to change that perception. He’s in “the ugly” because it’s likely he’ll be here for many, many, many more years.

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