In today's Newsday, we take a look at the top five things we learned from Opening Day, the first real evaluation of the team after six weeks of spring training. Sure, it's only one game, but it's all we have to go on at this point, and there were a few indications of what may be in store for this team down the road.
Check out the list, and here's a few more that we left out:
6. Alex Cora deserves a tad more credit. It became fashionable to bash Cora after he was named the interim replacement for Jose Reyes - despite the fact that he is being paid $2 million to do so. But Cora was more than adequate defensively Monday, got one run in and was robbed of two RBI with Hanley Ramirez's diving catch double play.
7. David Wright is going to hit more than 10 home runs. Not that Monday's homer told us that. Wright went deep in the Citi Field opener last year, too, and then hit only four more at his home ballpark the rest of the way. But Wright enters this season with a huge weight off his shoulders - the burden of two late collapses he carried with him a year ago - and he has others to help carry the PR load in Jeff Francoeur and Jason Bay. Mechanical adjustments have helped, but it's all mental with Wright.
8. Finally, the Mets showed some aggression. After so much talk about being an aggressive team last year, Jerry Manuel backed it up Monday by calling for a squeeze play with Angel Pagan at third and Alex Cora at the plate. Not like anyone didn't see it coming - Gary Cohen called it moments before it happend on the SNY broadcast. It didn't work because Cora did all he could to foul off a pitch that was nearly unhittable down and away - the Marlins must have expected it too. But the call got a big cheer from the fans anyway.