Looking to reverse his fortunes on the first day of Spring, Matt Harvey got the start and showed signs of progress returning from surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome. He pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and striking out four while touching 96 mph on the gun.
After allowing a solo home run to catcher James McCann and scattered singles in the first four innings, Harvey was hit around some in the 5th. The first two batters reached base with singles, and after Anthony Gose moved them to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, Brendan Ryan singled to center field to score both runs and knock Harvey from the game. He was relieved by Fernando Salas who, after allowing a base hit and throwing a wild pitch, recorded the final two outs of the frame without allowing a run to score.
Paul Sewald came in for the 7th and gave up a two-out solo home run off the bat of Nick Castellanos to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead. Justin Upton then smacked a double but the side was retired shortly after. Sewald was also able to record one strikeout in the inning.
Alberto Baldonado pitched the 8th inning and despite walking two batters, he did not allow a run while striking out one batter.
Of all the Mets starters, only Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores were able to record hits through the first seven innings today. Wilmer Flores at two hits, two singles, as he continues to build his case for why he should have a more prominent role on the Mets.
The rest of the Mets offense was kept utterly silent until the top of the 9th inning when center fielder John Mora singled over the shortstops head. Then, with two outs, Kevin Kaczmarski tripled for the Mets 5th hit and only run of the day.
The Mets have a well deserved day off tomorrow but then go right back at it Wednesday at 1:10 PM against the Marlins at First Data Field. Jose Reyes, Jeurys Familia, and Hansel Robles, who all played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, should be back in camp on Wednesday.