Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs and newcomer Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead double to lead Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets past the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-4, in their opener Thursday.
Syndergaard (1-0) struck out 10 and walked none in six innings after missing most of last season with a torn lat muscle. Leadoff man Brandon Nimmo, subbing for injured All-Star Michael Conforto, reached safely four times and scored twice as the Mets chased a furious Carlos Martinez in the fifth inning to make Mickey Callaway a winner in his first game as a manager.
Bo Melton is having an outstanding spring. He’s had a good offseason, Ash said. There are a lot of things on a freshman that’s playing, but he’s learned to handle it. He understands what to expect, he understands how to handle his business. He’s really matured. When he shows up to football, he can focus on football and not be distracted from a lot of other things. I really like where Bo is at.
Teams had asked him to also go through wide receiver drills for a potential position change, despite the fact that he’s never played the position. Jackson told reporters at the combine he is not open to switching positions and highlighted his skills as a quarterback.
I’m mobile, Jackson said. I can hit any target on the field. I love the game with a passion. I can lead my team; I feel like I’m a field general when I’m out there. I love to score. I love to put the ball in other people’s hands. I’m not a ball hog at all. It may look like it, but I’m not. I just love winning.
Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy and holds a number of career and single-season records at Louisville. He has struggled with accuracy and ball placement at times, but those questions have come in stark contrast to potential No. 1 overall pick Josh Allen.