MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Cardinals at 1:05 PM

An article by posted on March 11, 2014

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Wilmer Flores will start at shortstop today when the Mets take on the Cardinals in Jupiter, FL. The game will start at 1:05 PM ET and will be aired on MLB Network.

It will be his first start at the position since 2011. Sandy Alderson and co. will certainly be watching, especially with reports of the Mariners beefing up their scouting presence in anticipation of a potential trade discussion involving Nick Franklin.

Lefthander Jon Niese will make his first start of the Grapefruit League season and will oppose Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright.

Scott Rice, Rafael Montero, Vic BlackJose ValverdeGonzalez Germen and Miguel Socolovich are also expected to pitch.

Niese tossed three innings in a controlled intrasquad game on Thursday. He is still on track to get the Opening Day assignment on March 31 against Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

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I like seeing Lagares in the two hole given his solid contact rates. Nice move by Collins and one that we’ve discussed here on MMO before.

Absent from today’s lineup is Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Compared to the Cards’ one through six, it looks like we may be a little overmatched. Not much… Just a little… :-)

Lets Go Mets…

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Kirk Cahill is a native New Yorker and lifelong Mets fan. He's recently taken to blogging and enjoys following prospects and frequenting minor league games. You can follow him on Twitter @KirkC_.

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