Five things you should know about today's game...
1) Jacob deGrom allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six over six scoreless innings in his first start since undergoing offseason elbow surgery.
2) Handed a 1-0 lead, Hansel Robles faced five batters in the seventh and retired just one before leaving with the bases loaded and the game tied. Jerry Blevins retired the next two batters to keep the score, 1-1.
3) Jay Bruce gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the fifth with the club's first home run of the season. He added a single and a double to finish 3-for-5.
4) The top five hitters in the Mets' lineup went a combined 1-for-21.
5) Bartolo Colon surrendered a run on two hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in his first start with the Braves.
Post-game reaction from Danny Abriano...
The Mets' bats slumbered both before and during extra innings and Rafael Montero displayed the same kind of wildness he did last season. But before that…
The Jacob deGrom we saw early on -- sitting 96-98 MPH with his fastball and carving through the Braves -- was the 2015 version of deGrom. And although his velocity dipped as the game went on, his success continued. Basically, deGrom picked up right where he left off in Spring Training. And with a rotation that's already seen its depth tested, that was great to see.
If Noah Syndergaard is the Mets' No. 1, deGrom is their No. 1A. And there aren't many teams in the league where deGrom wouldn't be the guy. >> To follow Danny on Twitter, click here.
Post-game reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
For those of you who may not know me yet, I'm obsessed with Bartolo Colon. I've written an ode about him, written about how his leaving broke me, and so on. It's no surprise I felt the need to write a bit of a reaction to his first game back in Queens.
The Colon that started the game did seem a bit shaky. He even walked Yoenis Cespedes, and we all know Colon is not one to walk many people. But, he easily got back into his stride, and the Colon we all knew appeared, minus the fact that Jay Bruce was the one to hit a homer off of him.
Jacob deGrom, well, he dominated, even reaching 98 MPH. He gave up no runs, and pitched beautifully. If this is the deGrom we see for the rest of the season, we'll be in good shape.
But unfortunately that domination from deGrom wasn't enough. Robles came in to protect the lead in the seventh, and to put it nicely, Hansel wasn't so hot right now. That led to some free baseball... and the eventual loss. >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes…
Through two games, the Mets' starters have yet to allow a run in 12 innings.
New York is hitting just .169 (12-for-71) with 18 strikeouts through the first two games.
DeGrom allowed one run or less 10 times last season, but only won four of those games.
Blevins stranded all three runners he inherited from Robles in the seventh. He tied for the Major League-lead in 2016 by stranding 47 inherited runners.
The Mets went 8-5 in extra innings last season.
What they said after the game...
Collins on the offensive struggles so far: "We actually have played two games in seven days. … We just have been disrupted. At the end of Spring Training…the regulars played on a Tuesday. They played five innings on Thursday and then Opening Day, so we've got to get out there and a get routine going."
Terry Collins on deGrom: "I thought it was great for us. His slider was pretty good tonight. … I thought he threw very, very well."
DeGrom on his first start of the season: "I think later in the game [my shoulder] started flying open a little bit. … That front side was leaving a little early later in the game, but overall I felt pretty good out there. … I just want to stay healthy and go out there every fifth day and be able to make my starts."
The Mets (1-1) and Braves (1-1) conclude their opening series at Citi Field on Thursday at 7 p.m. on SNY. Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.86 ERA, 1.47 WHIP in 2016) takes the hill for his first start since undergoing surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome last July. Southpaw Jamie Garcia (10-13, 4.67 ERA, 1.38 WHIP in 2016) will make his Braves debut after spending his first eight seasons with the Cardinals.