For the first time in a long while, Matt Harvey was healthy and happy with his results on the mound.
Harvey allowed one hit over five spotless innings in his encouraging season debut , and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on a rainy Tuesday night at Citi Field.
When it comes to making moves on the wire, I’m not overly active on hitters. I drafted Player X over Player Y for a reason, and a few weeks of cold-weather baseball isn’t going to sway my opinion. Having said that, I keep more of an open mind when it comes to evaluating pitching, as each start holds significant value. Kyle Gibson, for example, not only belongs to the elite-first-name club, but he also showed signs of figuring things out in the second half of last season by posting a 3.76 ERA and striking out nearly a batter per inning.
He was left undrafted in more than 90 percent of ESPN leagues but dominated the Orioles in his first start, and I would have no problem in stashing him over whatever upside pitcher you took in the latter rounds this spring. Be warned: He faces an underrated Mariners offense and the Astros during the next week, but his good form should extend beyond his first outing of 2018, and I’m cautiously optimistic that by the end of April, we could be looking at a player worth adding in most leagues.
Marcell Ozuna broke out of an 0-for-9 start with three hits, including an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth.Yadier Molina hit a leadoff homer in the fourth for the Cardinals, outscored 15-6 in the first two games.
After solid starts by Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, Matz (0-1) tried to put behind an injury-decimated sophomore season in which the lefty slumped to a 2-7 record. He struggled with his control and was up to 51 pitches after two innings and 73 after three. He lasted five innings, giving up three runs and four hits, as the Mets kept up their terrible trend of last year, when they were 16-36 in series finales.
All three runs I gave up I had two strikes on the guys, Matz said. I was leaving the ball up a lot.
In the Cardinals clubhouse after the game, there was loud, thumping music. DeJong hasn’t grooved to classical music yet for batting practice.
I’ve thought about it. I just haven’t pulled the trigger. I don’t bring my headphones with me, usually, he said. I don’t like to get too far in my head with music. Sometimes that can happen.