Opening Day: Six Takeaways from Nationals' 9-7 Extra-Innings Win over Mets

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Opening Day: Six Takeaways from Nationals' 9-7 Extra-Innings Win over Mets
John Minchillo
The Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 9-7 in extra innings on Monday for their first win of the season.

After a snow- and rain-filled morning in Flushing, New York, the skies cleared and the sun came out to set the stage for Monday afternoon's Mets-Nationals Opening Day showdown. 

The Nationals trailed by two runs at the end of the second inning, but battled back with a seventh-inning rally and a four-run 10th to win the game 9-7. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper each made their own respective headlines for Washington, but there were more important takeaways for Nationals fans to take note of. 

Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Harper went a combined 3-14 with no RBIs, yet the team still scored nine runs, so what went right for D.C.? Well, several things. But which ones hold implications for the long-term? Let's take a look.

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