Today’s Mets Action
The Mets will play a pair of split squad games today. Jenrry Mejia opposes Washington Nationals righthander Tanner Roark at 1:10 PM in Port St. Lucie. This game will be broadcast on WPIX and WOR 710 AM.
In the other game, Carlos Torres opposes Atlanta Braves right-hander Freddy Garcia at 1:05 PM at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney. This one will not be broadcasted.
John Lannan was initially set to start the game at Disney, but was replaced so he can work as a reliever. The competition for fifth starter has officially ended for him.
Here are today’s lineups:
ESPN Wide World of Sports at 1:05 PM
- Eric Young Jr., 2b
- Juan Lagares, cf
- Ike Davis, 1b
- Josh Satin, 3b
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, rf
- Taylor Teagarden, c
- Matt den Dekker, lf
- Omar Quintanilla, ss
- Carlos Torres, rhp
Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie at 1:10 PM
- Ruben Tejada, ss
- Daniel Murphy, 2b
- David Wright, 3b
- Curtis Granderson, rf
- Chris Young, cf
- Lucas Duda, 1b
- Andrew Brown, lf
- Anthony Recker, c
- Jenrry Mejia, rhp
Daniel Murphy had five plate appearances in a minor-league game Saturday, but did not run after making contact. It marked his first game action since injuring his right calf one week ago. Today, he’s penciled into the lineup batting and playing second.
Both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis are playing first base as the competition between them heats up. Davis had a big game on Saturday and has homered in consecutive games. Duda requested and got the day off yesterday.
The suddenly hot Ruben Tejada is batting leadoff for the fourth time this spring. But I’m beginning to wonder if Chris Young – who I initially discounted – can handle leadoff duties, especially against lefthanders? I must say, he’s been very impressive this spring and maybe he pulls a Marlon Byrd on us.
If you thought Wilmer Flores would get another start at shortstop, especially after two solid efforts in the field and at the plate, forget it. He gets to ride the pine today and continues to look like he’ll begin the season in Vegas rather than the Mets.
Enjoy the games and Lets Go Mets!