Martinez struggles as Cardinals fall to Mets

Manager Mickey Callaway gets some exercise during
Manager Mickey Callaway gets some exercise during a Mets workout at Citi Field on Wednesday
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02 April, 2018

Jose Martinez also hit a solo home run, finishing with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

The Mets broke the game open in the fifth inning, sending 10 hitters to the plate and scoring five times. The Cardinals' minor-league teams play their final spring games in Florida on Friday and the regular minor-league seasons do not begin until next Thursday.

The Cardinals are 0-1 SU and have gone - against the spread (ATS). Yadier Molina tied a team record with his fourth opening day home run. Tommy Pham and Marcell Ozuna each struck out three times ...

"Opening Day is great". However, the top four hitters in the Cardinals lineup went a combined 1 for 16 with eight strikeouts.

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The team picked the ideal day to show off its new gesture after smacking 12 hits against the Cardinals and scoring nine runs in the first game of the 2018 season.

Their return to prominence provides the promise of the rekindling of baseball's greatest rivalry as the Boston Red Sox are expected to battle with the Yankees every step of the way for top honors in the American League East.

The Mets are coming off a 9-4 win in the prior game of this series.

As bad as C. Martinez was, most of the bullpen was no better. Brett Cecil also allowed an inherited runner to score in the fifth ... A single from Yoenis Cespedes then made it 7-3, and Jay Bruce capped the inning with a single of his own to make it 8-3. He had played one inning in his career in right field, in 2008 when he was with the Rockies ... Yoenis Cespedes drove in three to lead the NY lineup. Molina was the only starter in the same position among the eight non-pitchers from last year's opener.


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