After the Mets put on a hitting clinic in Sunday’s game, when they scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Braves 8-2, they came out flat today and only managed one run on six hits. The Miami Marlins (7-3) beat the Mets (4-6), 11 -1 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
In his first start of the spring, Bartolo Colon tossed four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out just one batter. I am sure it was not the start that Colon wanted, but he has just under three weeks to work through any kinks he may have.
Cory Mazzoni, who had a rough time on the mound in his previous game, where he allowed seven runs on five hits in just an inning of work, pitched one inning today, and allowed three hits, no runs and struck out a batter. A good outing to build up his confidence.
John Church followed and also tossed one inning, and allowed two hits and no runs, with one strike out.
In the surprise non-cut of the spring, Jack Leathersich pitched an inning, gave up one hit but it was a big one. Giancarlo Stanton crushed an absolute two-run bomb that landed in another field over the fence. Leather Rocket also walked a batter and had one strikeout.
Scott Rice pitched the ninth inning and have up two unearned runs on two hits, with one strikeout and a walk.
In the lead-off spot today, Eric Young, Jr. was 1 for 3, and in 11 at bats so far, he has a .333 OBP. Not anything to write home about, but maybe it’s a sign that the number will continue to climb, especially since, he only had a .310 OBP last season.
The heart of the line-up today went hitless: David Wright (0 for 1, BB) Curtis Granderson (0 for 2, K, 3 LOB), Josh Satin (0 for 4, K, 6 LOB). Satin may also find himself getting a lot more playing time at first base, if Ike Davis ends up on the DL with his lingering leg issues. Travis d’Arnaud was 0 for 4, with 3 Ks.
Ruben Tejada, after being hitless in his first seven at bats, went 1 for 2, with a double and a walk. However he made another error and flubbed an easy doubleplay.
Coming up: The Mets are on the road on Tuesday and will travel to Jupiter to play the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium, with the first pitch at 1:05 pm.
*** One of our readers informs us that this game will be shown live on MLB Network.