Final Score: Mets 4 Braves 2

The Mets (2-0) defeated the Braves (0-2) by the score of 4 to 2 today in Citi Field.

For a full recap and boxscore, go to SNY.TV.

The Least You Should Know:

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  • Lucas Duda hit his first career multi-homerun game, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
  • David Wright was 3-for-5, including his first homerun of the season.
  • R.A. Dickey allowed two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three over six innings pitched.
  • Josh Thole was 2-for-4 with a double and a run batted in.
  • Bobby Parnell struck out a batter in a strong 13 pitch inning in relief.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis collected the first two hits of his Major League career going 2-for-4.
  • The Mets were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
  • Frank Francisco pitched a scoreless ninth, picking up his second straight save to open the season.

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Mike Nichols: What a day for Lucas Duda! Both homeruns were absolute lasers. His first homerun was the result of the new field dimensions at Citi Field, but by no means was his 390-foot centerfield shot a cheap one. Throughout the game Duda did an excellent job adjusting to the way the Braves pitchers were throwing breaking pitches low and away early in counts and then busting him in with fastballs. It’s early, but the potential 30-homerun season for Duda might be upon us.

From the start of the today’s game you can see the organizational approach to being patient at the plate. The entire lineup worked a ton of deep counts. Even with his 0-for-4 day, Ruben Tejada continually saw 6-to-7 pitches in each at-bat. However, you almost want to see them be a tad bit more aggressive with runners on, but again, it’s early and no need to overreact at this point.

As for R.A. Dickey, he gutted out what was not his best day. His only major mistake was the two-run homerun to Martin Prado, but that was the result of working behind in the count, as he did most of the day.

Everything is good in Met land. Homegrown talent being patient and showing power at the plate, a strong bullpen (I’m looking at you Bobby Parnell), solid start pitching and that’s how you start 2-0. Keep it up, boys!

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The Mets look to sweep their opening series against the Braves tomorrow at 1:10 PM with Jon Niese taking on Mike Minor.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: