The Mets opened their Grapefruit League season on Friday, with a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
It was scintillating to watch a Mets game again, even a meaningless spring training game like this one. There was lots to be excited about, the least of which being the performances of Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom on the mound and Ike Davis at the plate.
Here’s what happened:
- Rafael Montero started the game and looked sharp, dominating and in mid-season form, tossing two perfect innings with two strikeouts and no walks.
- Jacob deGrom followed Montero with another pair of perfect innings. Here’s someone who could win a spot in the bullpen or go to Vegas and be the first call-up when the Mets need someone to relieve.
- Cesar Puello drove in a pair of runs with a hard-hit double.
- After striking out looking in his first plate appearance of the spring, Ike Davis blasted a two-run homer to right.
- Juan Lagares went 2-for-3 with a double, and Travis d’Arnaud had a double in two at-bats.
The Mets play the Marlins on Saturday at 1:10 PM. (WPIX)