Cardinals Drop Season Opener to Mets 9-4 in NY

Is Mother Nature going to be kind to the Mets and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard on opening day

The Mets probably should have had more than the three runs they put up in the first three innings because Martinez hit one and walked five in that time.

J. Martinez singled and scored ahead of Yadier Molina's homer in the second and then singled to drive in Matt Carpenter, who had doubled, with the tying run in the fourth. He only allowed four hits, but he walked six. He had 10 strikeouts and no walks over six innings.

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The best news of the day for the Cardinals came before the game, when it was reported they had reached agreement on a one-year deal with free-agent closer Greg Holland, pending a team physical. But that's the beauty of Opening Day: every team can pretend otherwise. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. But 21 year old rookie Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless seventh inning, that included his first Major League strikeout. However, overall, this was a very promising start for the veteran, who will hope to stay healthy and produce big numbers for the Mets.

Worth noting: After starting 1,038 career games in center field, Dexter Fowler made his first career start in right field and did not have a fielding chance in the game. Molina was the only starter in the same position among the eight non-pitchers from last year's opener.

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"The season may not be in full swing, but the economic impact of the Mets Opening Day Game has proven to be tremendous, providing one more thing for fans and Citi Field employees to cheer about", James Patchett, EDC's president, said in a statement.

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