PHILADELPHIA — Well, the Mets certainly gave you your money’s worth if you managed to sit through their first victory of the year. It was an artless slog, and it wouldn’t be surprising if you felt numb on both ends by the time this one was through.
But a win is a win, and you must start somewhere. So the Mets will start with this 8-4 rock fight over the Phillies, knocking the home team from the ranks of the unbeaten, ensuring the Mets will not go winless in 2021. And manager Luis Rojas saved the ball from the final out — a 27th out that, for a while, seemed like it might never come for either team — to present to Steve Cohen. The new owner gets the game ball. Sweet story.
Marcus Stroman pitched well. The Phillies did not, issuing eight walks, four of them in a decisive four-run seventh. The Mets stole home!
J.D. Davis’ hand got smashed by a fastball, sure looked broken, but — good news — the X-rays came back negative. The bullpen left a few more acres of scar tissue along the stomach lining of fans who had the stamina to make it through all 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Pete Alonso hit a home run late. That was encouraging.