The biggest Opening Day blowout win and loss in Mets history

San Diego Padres v New York Mets
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The biggest blowout win for the New York Mets on Opening Day took place in 2013. You probably remember the season. Citi Field hosted the All-Star Game with Matt Harvey on the mound and David Wright at third base.

The season went like many Mets years of that time. The club finished 74-88 and in third place in the National League East.

On Opening Day, however, it was a different story. The Mets had their biggest win of all-time.

The biggest Mets Opening Day blowout win was an 11-2 victory against the San Diego Padres in 2013

The Mets have never “ten-run-ruled” a team on Opening Day but they did come close in 2013 when they made April Fools out of their opponent on April 1. With Jon Niese on the mound opposite of Edinson Volquez of the San Diego Padres, the Mets offense led the charge.

This wasn’t the most impressive Mets lineup to open any season. Collin Cowgill got first ups. He would have his big hit in the seventh inning when he took a pitch from future Mets reliever Brad Brach and turned it into a grand slam in the seventh inning. Once he finished rounding the bases, the Mets were ahead 11-2. The score would hold.

This was a game featuring plenty of unexpected moments aside from the Cowgill slammy. Niese went 2 for 2 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. In addition to Cowgill and Niese, the team got two hits apiece from Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd, John Buck, and Ruben Tejada.

The biggest Opening Day blowout Mets loss took place ten years earlier with a 15-2 beatdown from the Cubs

Almost ten years to the day, on March 31, 2003, the Mets suffered a much different fate than they would on Opening Day 2013. The matchup was Tom Glavine versus Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs. Before the Mets even got up to bat, they trailed 4-0.

Glavine gave up a walk and double to start the game. A Sammy Sosa single followed by a Moises Alou double plus an error made it a 3-0 game. Corey Patterson would add another single to push the Cubs to a lead the Mets could never catch up to.

The game would get out of hand in the sixth inning with Mike Bacsik on the mound for New York. Patterson hit his first of two home runs against the Mets in what ended up being a 4 for 6 performance with 7 RBI. The final score was 15-2.

The stage was set for what would turn out to be one of the most miserable seasons in a long time. The Amazins weren’t so amazing this year. Their 66-95 record put them in last place. The .410 winning percentage is one of the worst in franchise history and the lowest of any Mets club since 1993.

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