April 22, 2021

Struggling McNeil, Conforto save Mets homer opener (New York Post)

The biggest hit was not to Michael Conforto’s elbow guard. That was the most interesting, controversial and memorable.

But the biggest hit of the Mets’ home opener — and of their young season — came off Jeff McNeil’s bat, which he then flipped toward the home dugout in a gesture of both revelry and relief. Such was the mounting exasperation of both McNeil and his team to deliver a clutch moment in this nascent season.

In his next-to-last at-bat, leading off the sixth inning, McNeil popped an 0-2 pitch from Miami’s Ross Detwiler foul off the third-base line. He did not even watch the trajectory of the ball nor the outcome. With the ball still climbing, McNeil wheeled toward the first-base dugout, pulled his helmet off and muttered as behind him Brian Anderson recorded an out that dropped McNeil to 0-for-10 in 2021.

“He got a little emotional in the middle of the game,” Luis Rojas said.

But McNeil got a little exceptional at the end of the game.

The Mets went to the bottom of the ninth trailing 2-1 mainly because they were hitless in eight at-bats with men on base and 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. This was after a 1-for-12…

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