Three of his walks and the hit batsman scored after Martinez offered them free transportation. He had 10 strikeouts and no walks over six innings.
While this day often brings optimism that sometimes isn't warranted, there is reason to expect big things from both of New York's baseball teams.
Signing Holland, reportedly for $14 million, also will cost the Cardinals their second-round pick, the 59th overall, in the June amateur draft and the $1.1 million slot value that goes with that pick.
"Opening Day is great". Yairo Munoz made his major-league debut as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and struck out.
The team picked the flawless 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.
Noah Syndergaard wasn't ideal - 6 hits, 4 ER over 6 innings - but he struck out 10 to earn the win, out-dueling Carlos Martinez of St Louis. Brett Cecil also allowed an inherited runner to score in the fifth ...
Rookie Jordan Hicks, making his big-league debut, allowed an infield hit to the first man he faced but then immediately got a double play ball and carved up Jay Bruce for an inning-ending strikeouts, throwing 100, 101 and 102 miles per hour fastballs along with a knee-buckling 86 miles per hour slider. He did strike out twice and left two more runners on base.
After Martinez, the Cardinals will send out Michael Wacha, who pitched the only complete game and shutout of his career last summer against the Mets.