The Mets earned their first victory of 2016, shutting out the Kansas City Royals, 2-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv
Noah Syndergaard was dominant, tossing six shutout innings in his 2016 debut. The right-hander allowed just three hits and a walk, striking out nine. He only faced real trouble during his final inning of work when the Royals loaded the bases with two outs. However, he rebounded to strike out Kendrys Morales on three pitches to end the threat.
Neil Walker hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning for the game's only runs.
David Wright reached base safely three times. He singled, walked twice and stole two bases in the same game for the first time since 2013.
Jim Henderson, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia tossed three perfect innings in relief.
Despite the win, the Mets went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They are just 1-for-17 (.059) in those situations through the first two games of the season.
Rob Brender: I am in complete awe of Syndergaard's ability. The idea that he might actually still have room to get better is almost mind-blowing. After giving up a leadoff triple to Alcides Escobar in the first, he struck out Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer in succession, stranding Escobar at third. When the Royals threatened to score again in the 6th, loading the bases with two outs, he threw three filthy sliders to fan Kendrys Morales and get out of the jam. Shutting down this Royals team for six innings, with nine strikeouts and one walk, is quite an effort. Lastly, Walker has tremendous pop from the left side of the plate and he showed it today in the fourth inning. He hit all 16 of his homers last year as a left-handed batter. That was all the offense the Mets would need thanks to the electric arms. Nice to get the first win in the books... can't wait for the home opener Friday >> To follow Rob on Twitter, click here.
Brian Mangan: The story of today's game was Syndergaard, who was absolutely masterful. Thor was only in trouble twice in the game. And, In both situations, he rose to the occasion, striking out the side in the first and striking out Morales on three straight pitches to end his day. ... Great pitching, adequate defense, and enough offense? A formula the Mets hope to follow for another 90+ wins >> To read more of Brian's work, check out The Read Zone.
Terry Collins, on having to watch the Royals celebrate their championship: "This is family TV. I probably shouldn't open up too much."
Noah Syndergaard: "I am kind of shocked myself with how good my slider was."
News & Notes...
DeGrom is still scheduled to start Friday's home opener, despite awaiting the birth of his first child.
Bartolo Colon and Steven Matz were both listed as possibilities to start by Terry Collins should deGrom be unavailable.
Edgardo Alfonzo, John Franco and Rusty Staub will raise the Mets 2015 National League Championship banner prior to Friday's game.
The Mets (1-1) return to Citi Field for their home opener against the Phillies (0-1) on Friday at 1:10 p.m. ET. Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start for New York against Philadelphia's Jerad Eickhoff.