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Rick Porcello's ugly debut compounded by Mets' sleeping bats

The strikeout he served to leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. in the first inning was the only merit Porcello earned with his new fanbase on Sunday night, as the Mets fell to the Braves, 14-1.

Porcello’s 56-pitch start, and Corey Oswalt’s inability to limit the damage over four innings and five earned runs, underscored just how fragile the Mets rotation is at the beginning of this 60-game season.

In any case, if the Mets had anticipated Oswalt would be their spot starter against the Red Sox, that hope died the minute he entered Sunday’s game.

If Porcello cannot reverse his 2019 numbers (5.52 ERA and 1.39 WHIP), the Mets rotation behind Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz could be in deep trouble.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his skipper, Luis Rojas, warned that pitchers were ahead of the hitters before the regular season began.

Rojas didn’t find time to formally address his players before climbing aboard one of six team buses to Boston, but he tried to tell his hitters to stop chasing at bad pitches during the game.

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