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This year's Mets Opening Day Game has brought almost $8 million in economic activity to New York City, according to an analysis by the city's Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

The team picked the ideal day to show off its new gesture after smacking 12 hits against the Cardinals and scoring nine runs in the first game of the 2018 season. Yoenis Cespedes drove in three to lead the NY lineup. The Cardinals' minor-league teams play their final spring games in Florida on Friday and the regular minor-league seasons do not begin until next Thursday. His first pitch of the spring was clocked over 100 mph, but over the course of five games he showed mastery over his complete nasty arsenal, which includes a 92 mph slider and 90 mph changeup.

"I'm just really excited to get out there", said Syndergaard, who stated a goal of pitching 200 innings this season.

The Met offense tallied a dozen hits, including two each from Brandon Nimmo, Yoenis Cespedes, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Plawecki and Amed Rosario. "A good kick-start to the season". Greg Holland agreed to a $14 million, one-year contract with the team, according to a person familiar with the deal. His addition would be a major boost to an unsettled Cardinals bullpen lacking a proven closer in the wake of several injuries. That ties Albert Pujols for the most career homers on opening day in team history ... The previous Mets manager to win his debut was Jeff Torborg in 1992.

At the plate: The Cardinals struck out 15 times, their highest total ever on opening day. Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the second inning, the fourth opening day homer of his career. Conforto is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery for a dislocated left shoulder and is eligible to return late next week, when the Mets are in Washington.