I would’ve thought that Johan Santana would be the story of opening day for the Mets but he wasn’t. The story was Daniel Murphy. He had both RBI’s in a 2-1 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. The weather was miserable with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees and a light rain falling to start the game.
Santana cruised through the first five innings only giving up one hit. That changed in the sixth inning when he gave up a couple of hits. Surprisingly, Mets manager Jerry Manuel pulled him from the game much earlier than I would have. Sean Green, J.J. Putz, and Francisco Rodriguez finished off the Reds in the last 3.1 innings without giving up a hit.
Murphy was all the offense that the Mets needed today. He hits solo shot to right field in the fifth inning off Aaron Harang and had an RBI ground out in the sixth.
Its a great way to start the season with the Mets revamped bullpen making us much more confident going into the late innings with a one run lead.