Powered by dominant pitching.Syndergaard threw his first major league shutout and the Mets wrapped up a frustrating 2018 campaign Sunday with their second consecutive 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.“I told the bullpen before the game that they could take the day off. True story Dellin Betances Jersey
,” Syndergaard said. “It’s a great feeling.”Todd Frazier hit an RBI double for the Mets, who finished fourth in the NL East at 77-85 under rookie manager Mickey Callaway — a seven-win improvement over last year. After beginning the season with playoff aspirations, they jumped out to an 11-1 start before going 5-21 in June as injuries once again took a heavy toll.New York rebounded a bit to win 33 of its last 55 games, but by then it was way too late.“I feel like we played some really good baseball,” Syndergaard said.Promising rookie Sandy Alcantara (2-3) struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings in his sixth major league start for the Marlins — three against the Mets.“I thought he was more aggressive,” manager Don Mattingly said. “There’s nothing monumental that happened today other than this guy has a chance to be a really good pitcher, and consistency is going to be the key.”After trading Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon during an offseason payroll purge, the Marlins ended up with the worst record in the National League at 63-98 in Derek Jeter’s first year as chief executive officer. Miami went scoreless over the final 24 innings.“Last two days, kind of indicative. We go (22) innings and only give up two runs and we don’t win either game,” Mattingly said.Jeter signaled this month that Mattingly is expected back next year. Looking to have some fun at the finish line, he appointed All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to pilot the team Sunday.“It was fun. I enjoyed it, for sure Matt Holliday Jersey
,” Realmuto said. “It was actually a fairly easy game to manage because Sandy did a great job, obviously, so there weren’t many moves on our part.”Syndergaard (13-4) allowed five hits and fanned six in a fast finale that took just 2 hours, 10 minutes. He walked none and threw 101 pitches for his second career complete game. The other one came on Sept. 2 in San Francisco, and the big right-hander completed the season by tossing a career-best 15 straight scoreless innings while pitching with a sinus infection.“He kind of pitched at 90 percent, 95 percent. It’s pretty good when you throw 95 (mph) at 95 percent,” Callaway said. “But I think he learned a little bit of a lesson that sometimes a tad less is more.”Alcantara struck out five straight before Jeff McNeil opened the fourth with a single for New York’s first hit. McNeil scored from first when left fielder Isaac Galloway misplayed Frazier’s hard-hit double.LAST HURRAHA day after David Wright’s emotional goodbye at Citi Field, the Mets gave Jose Reyes another ceremonial start at shortstop. The 35-year-old Reyes, who batted .189 in a bench role this season, was lifted after grounding out leading off the bottom of the first. He hugged teammates in the dugout and received a warm ovation while coming out for a curtain call for the crowd of 28,346.“I just thought he deserved to be on the field one more time,” Callaway said.Reyes, a four-time All-Star, doesn’t expect to be back with the Mets next season and isn’t sure about his major league future.Wright didn’t play but was given a few more ovations.HOW’D THAT HAPPEN? Syndergaard’s bat broke off just above his hands as he started to swing — and obviously miss — at a third-inning pitch.“Maybe termites or something Austin Romine Jersey
,” the pitcher said with a smile.Teammates cracked up in the dugout as Syndergaard stood dumbfounded in the batter’s box.“It was like the most Thor thing I can think of,” outfielder Michael Conforto said.After getting some new lumber, Syndergaard struck out but then lashed a sharp single in the fifth.NEW KID IN TOWNMcNeil had two hits to give him 36 in September, breaking the club record for rookies set by Gregg Jefferies in 1989.LOST ARTSyndergaard’s complete-game shutout was only the 19th in the majors this year, fewest in a season since 1874, when there were just eight teams. There were 27 such outings last season.The previous Mets pitcher with a complete-game shutout was Jacob deGrom on July 17, 2016.Syndergaard won his seventh straight decision at home and improved to 6-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 60 strikeouts against six walks in eight career starts against the Marlins.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: LF Yoenis Cespedes is scheduled for his second heel surgery Oct. 23 — this time on his left foot — but said he can’t yet predict how much he’ll be able to play next season. The oft-injured slugger had surgery Aug. 2 to remove bone calcification in his right heel, the first of two operations expected to sideline him for eight to 10 months.UP NEXTMarlins: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 13, and Miami opens the 2019 season March 28 against Colorado.Mets: Begin next season at NL East rival Washington. NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Palmer cut across the Baltimore clubhouse, headed over to young left-handers John Means and Paul Fry, and reached out for handshakes.“Nice job, boys,” the Hall of Fame pitcher and longtime Orioles announcer praised.Same goes for all the Orioles right now after they won their season-opening series at Yankee Stadium, beating New York 7-5 in a game delayed more than three hours by rain.Coming off a 115-loss season under Buck Showalter http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey
, the Orioles and new manager Brandon Hyde started by taking two of three from the 100-win Yankees. Baltimore hadn’t won two in a row since August.“This is how you grow as a team, playing games like these,” the first-time skipper said. “Against teams like this, in this environment.”Renato Nunez, Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard hit Baltimore’s first home runs of the year and that was enough, albeit things got dicey for them at the end.DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single with two outs in the Yankees ninth off Mychal Givens. Fry relieved with two on and two outs and struck out pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki for his first save.Means (1-0) replaced shaky starter Dylan Bundy and got the win in his second major league game. The 25-year-old struck out five in 3 1/3 innings and had the Yankees guessing with an impressive changeup.Means kept a ball from the victory and said he’d probably send it to his parents for framing.“Nice to get it out of the way and not have it linger,” he said.Nunez hit a three-run drive into the bleachers in the first inning and Mancini made it 4-0 in the third. J.A. Happ (0-1) never settled in — the first pitch was held up by rain for 3 hours, 17 minutes, and it was 47 degrees and windy when the game began.Happ said the conditions didn’t bother him much. The early setbacks, those did.“It’s not ideal. We got to turn the page,” he said. “Not the start we wanted, but we can bounce back. We can play a lot better than we’ve played, I know that.”After Gary Sanchez homered off Means in the seventh to pull the Yankees within 5-4, Rickard connected for a two-run homer in the eighth off Stephen Tarpley.Givens made a throwing error that helped the Yankees load the bases in the eighth Bernie Williams Jersey
, but retired Luke Voit on a grounder to escape.Bundy had an uneven outing a year after he tied for the most losses in the majors (16) and set a franchise record by serving up a big league-high 41 home runs. He struck out seven, walked five and gave up two hits in 3 2/3 innings.Means relieved with the bases loaded and walked Brett Gardner in an 11-pitch at-bat, making it 4-1. Aaron Judge followed with a two-run single before Means, hit hard at Fenway Park last September in his only previous major league appearance, found his rhythm.Bundy said he likes the look of this club.“We play with a lot of energy,” he said. “It’s a fun place to be.”NOT HAPP-YHapp had been 7-0 in his first 11 regular-season starts for the Yankees since being acquired last summer from Toronto. Joe Cowley (1983-84) is the last pitcher to go unbeaten in his first 12 starts for the Yankees.WEATHERING ITA decent number of fans waited out the delay and stuck around for the start. Their biggest cheers in the early innings came when the sun broke through while Judge batted and after Gleyber Torres captured a plastic bag that was blowing around the infield.Only a couple thousand fans were left in the seats when it ended almost four hours later.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Chris Davis was back in the lineup, a day after sitting out vs. LHP James Paxton. The slumping slugger went 0 for 3 after striking out in all three at-bats in the opener.Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Saturday and will throw one more before facing hitters on the side.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP David Hess makes his first start of the season, facing LHP Clayton Richard at Toronto on Monday night. Hess threw two scoreless innings in relief on opening day. The 25-year-old was 3-10 with a 4.88 ERA as a rookie last year.Yankees: RHP Domingo German (2-6, 5.57) will pitch at some point vs. Detroit at home Monday night, but manager Aaron Boone isn’t quite sure when. A reliever might start with an inning or two, or it could be German from the first pitch. RHP Tyson Ross starts for the Tigers.