The Bronx Bombers did not show up on opening day, especially their ace Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka would only last two outs into the third inning before being pulled. In those 2 2/3 innings he allowed homeruns to Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison and 7 runs in total. Yankees found themselves in a deep hole the majority of the game as a result of Tanaka's poor start. Late in the game Sanchez came up with the bases loaded and struck out. The heart of the Yankees lineup was a combined 0 for 13, not necessarily a recipe for success. Chris Archer allowed two runs in seven innings work, wasn't his most dominate start, which shows just how good this kid's stuff; even on an alright day the result is great. The heart of the Rays lineup went 6 for 12. That basically tells the whole story of this game, Yankees starter and best hitters didn't show up, and the Rays starter and best hitters did show up. Rays win 7-3.
A stalemate for seven innings due to phenomenal pitching from both team's aces. Julio Tehran and Noah Syndergaard were putting on a clinic on how to get batters out for the majority of this game. Thor went six scoreless innings striking out seven and he didn't allow a walk. Not a bad outing at the ballpark for Noah. Thor only threw 84 pitches, he would've went deeper into the game since it was 0-0 when he was taken out, however, it was shown that he had a blister on his throwing hand, therefore the reason Terry Collins pulled the plug early on Thor today. It wasn't long after Thor's exit that the Mets bats came alive. The real correlation was between the Mets bats coming alive and Julio Tehran not coming out to pitch the 7th. Rene Rivera started the hit parade for the Mets. After he singled Wilmer Flores grounded into a fielder's choice, putting Flores at first with one out. Reyes walked, followed by an Asdrubal Cabrera single that scored Flores on a controversial call at the plate. Mets were on the board 1-0. Up came Cespedes, he walked, putting the bases loaded for Curtis Granderson. Granderson would hit a fly ball deep enough into center field to score Reyes from third making the score 2-0. Neil Walker stepped into the box and he was walked as well to once again load the bases. Eric O'Flaherty the Braves third pitcher of the inning than walked his second batter in a row, Walker now Bruce, walking in a run for the Mets. Score is now 3-0. Lucas Duda follows Bruce in the lineup and rips a double to deep center field clearing the bases for a 6-0 Mets lead. Mets only needed the one run since they'd go on to shutout the Braves, but never hurts to have the extra insurance runs just in case. Mets win 6-0 on opening day.