Noah Syndergaard, 21, makes his Grapefruit League debut today at the Mets take on the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m. this afternoon at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.
This game is not being televised, but you could listen to the game on WOR 710 AM.
First baseman Ike Davis, who had been scheduled to DH in today’s game, has been scratched by Terry Collins with calf tightness. The Mets manager said, “I didn’t want him to hit a ball in the gap and make things worse.” Terry should get a part time gig at The Laugh Factory. Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Sunday.
Mike Piazza is in camp today serving as a guest instructor for the rest of this week. Travis d’Arnaud on having his childhood idol in camp: “It’s a dream.” The Mets could use some offense, maybe MLB will allow him to bat cleanup while he’s here.
After a successful return to throwing last week, Matt Harvey looks to take another step forward today when he attempts to throw on back-to-back days. If everything goes well this morning, the righthander who continues to make strides in his return from Tommy John surgery, will throw a baseball again on Tuesday.
Jon Niese also threw a bullpen session and said he felt good afterwards. Looks like everything will be okay with him. Hopefully he’ll get a start soon.
After getting off to a 0-3 start in Grapefruit League play, the Mets could use a win today if only to keep Terry Collins from sweating bullets. He sounded like he was in mid-season form after Sunday’s loss.
Here are today’s starting lineups:
New York Mets
- Chris Young, rf
- Juan Lagares, cf
- Lucas Duda, 1b
- Matt Clark, dh
- Wilmer Flores, 2b
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, lf
- Zach Lutz, 3b
- Anthony Recker, c
- Omar Quintanilla, ss
- Jason Heyward, rf
- B.J. Upton, cf
- Justin Upton, lf
- Evan Gattis, dh
- Ryan Doumit, c
- Tommy La Stella, 2b
- Mark Hamilton, 1b
- Tyler Greene, 3b
- Elmer Reyes, ss
Matt Clark batting cleanup today… Interesting to see Lagares in the two hole…
Not exactly the Mets’ most optimal infield defense for Thor…
And I would have preferred d’Arnaud catching Syndergaard for his first spring game in a big league camp… Why not showcase the battery of the future?
(Photo by Anthony J. Causi)