Megill goes 5 scoreless on opening day, gets wins in Showalter debut | 570 WSYR


Mark Canha and Starling Marte – two products of the Mets’ quarter-billion-dollar off-season spending spree – made runs to support five shutout innings of Tylor Megill, Jacob deGrom’s replacement as the starter. opening day, and New York won manager Buck Showalter. 5-1 debut against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

The Mets became the first team to get scoreless outings from their starters on the first day in four straight seasons. Megill (1-0), a 6-foot-7 right-hander who reached the majors last June, allowed three hits and no walks while striking out six.

He entered the day with the least time in the majors of any Mets opening day starting pitcher, but tied because two-time Cy Young Award winner deGrom was injured.

Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (0-1), on the mound for Game 1 because 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is returning from surgery, has given up two runs in more than four innings.

The game was originally scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. but rain in the forecast prompted the teams to agree on Wednesday that they would push that back to 7:05 p.m. in the hope that the wet weather clears. Took longer than that on a 50 degree day: first pitch was thrown at 8:21 p.m.

The Mets went 2-0 in the fifth, then 4-0 in the sixth with back-to-back RBI singles by Canha and Jeff McNeil against reliever Austin Voth. This prompted “Let’s go Mets!” chants of a crowd announced at 35,052.

Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz each pitched a no-hitter innings in relief.

Juan Soto produced Washington’s run with his 99th career homer, a second shot from Trevor May in the sixth.

Soto is one of the only survivors of Washington’s title team three years ago. General manager Mike Rizzo destroyed the roster at the trade deadline last July amid a second straight NL East finish.

Division rival New York is moving in the opposite direction, aggressively adding talent. Free agents included Canha ($26.5 million, two years), Marte ($78 million, four years) and Max Scherzer ($130 million, three years).

Showalter is with his fifth major league team as skipper, including the Yankees from 1992-95 and, most recently, the Orioles from 2010-18.

Mets 1B Pete Alonso was hit by a pitch from reliever Mason Thompson in the ninth and left the game.

Pete said after the game “I’m fine. Just a broken lip, that’s all. I have all my teeth. No concussion. I’m fine

Showalter on Pete “He’ll, someone said, have sexy lips for a few days.”

Coming up Friday, the Mets will play the second of the season-opening series at Nationals Park.

Scherzer, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, will make his first appearance with the Mets — and it will be his return to Nationals Park after pitching for Washington for 6½ seasons. He dealt with a right hamstring problem but declared himself “ready to go”. Washington is launching Josiah Gray, acquired in the trade that sent Scherzer to the Dodgers last July.

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