The Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score
Six things to know about Sunday's game
1. As the first base battle raged on, Pete Alonso (who was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk (his OPS is 1.297)., and Dominic Smith (who started at first base) went 1-for-3 with a run scored (his OPs is 1.060).
2. Steven Matz got the start and was sharp, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking one, and striking out two.
3. Amed Rosario returned with a bang, hitting a laser of a three-run homer down the left field line in what was his first at-bat since exiting the game on March 4 after getting hit in the hand by a pitch. Overall, Rosario went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
4. Jeff McNeil, who was back at third base, had a strong game -- going 2-for-3 with a homer. Robinson Cano started at second base and went 2-for-3 with an RBI. His OPS this spring is 1.224.
5. Travis d'Arnaud pinch-hit late in the game and hit an absolute moonshot of a solo homer.
6. Expected members of the Opening Day bullpen were largely exceptional, with Jeurys Familia (1.0 inning), Justin Wilson (1.0 inning), Robert Gsellman (0.2 inning). The lone glitch was a solo homer given up by Edwin Diaz, who allowed just that one batter to reach while tossing 1.0 inning and striking out one as his fastball topped out at 97 MPH.
The Mets travel to face the Astros on Monday at 1:05 p.m.
LHP Jason Vargas gets the start.