Opening Day produced a lot of statistics, some more meaningful than others. Let’s go through the ones we found particularly noteworthy.
1. Jonathon Niese had his cutter working
On a day where Niese didn’t have his best curveball (it yielded three hits, including a homer), he did have his best cutter.
Niese had as sharp a break on the pitch as he did at any point last season. He threw 16 of 20 for strikes and the pitch netted him eight outs, including a pair of important ones with two on in the third inning, and allowed only one baserunner (on a hit-by-pitch).
2. Collin Cowgill got hits against a right-handed hitter
Almost any time Terry Collins talked about Cowgill this spring, he referred to him as someone who was a good hitter ... against lefties.
But at the very end of spring, once he’d named Cowgill the everyday center fielder, Collins noted how good Cowgill looked against right-handed pitching.
Cowgill had two hits, a hustle double and the grand slam (Elias noted he became the third leadoff man with an Opening Day slam), both against righties.
That matched the number of extra-base hits he’d had against righties in his first 112 career at-bats against them.
3. David Wright stole two bases
The one part of Wright’s game that slipped last season was his basestealing.
Wright started 2012 0-for-3 in steal attempts and finished 15-for-25. His 60 percent success rate was worst among the 47 players with that many attempts.
This time, Wright got off on the right foot, becoming the third Met with two swipes in an opener (Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson), as he should have. The Padres allowed the second-most steals in the majors last season, 152.
4. Daniel Murphy had a happy birthday
We wanted to pick a stat that went overlooked and given the attention to the two-out hits, Ruben Tejada’s recovery from a rough spring, and Scott Rice’s successful debut we honed in on Murphy’s day.
Murphy barely played this spring, but looked smooth both at bat, with two hits, and in the field, handling six chances without a miscue.
Murphy took eight swings and made contact on every one.
But the stat we liked most was this one -- Murphy became the second Met to drive in a run in a season opener on his birthday. The other was Met Hall of Famer Gary Carter in 1986.
5. Ike Davis had a rough day
We’ll close this out with one negative.
The only Met not to get in on the fun was Davis, who went 0-for-5 and looked very much like the Davis who struggled in the early part of last season.
Davis took 14 swings and put only one of them into play (a grounder to second).
The Padres righties went after a flaw in Davis’ game, getting him out four of the five times on pitches on the inner-third of the plate or off the inside corner.
Last season Davis missed on 36 percent of his swings against pitches to that location from righties. His miss rate on pitches anywhere else from them was only 23 percent.