Spring Training Recap: Mets Drop Two As Harvey and Wheeler Start

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The New York Mets lost both their split squad games on Friday with Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey on the mound. They fell to the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on the road and the Houston Astros 7-5 at home.

Braves 5, Mets 2

Pitching:

Wheeler made his Spring debut after early uncertainties about his elbow. In two innings he gave struck out one, gave up two hits, one walk, and one run via the long ball.

He topped out at 94 MPH with his fastball and showed off a beautiful curveball on one of his strikeouts.

Marcos Molina came in after Wheeler and gave up four runs in 2.1 innings after only giving up one run in 5.1 innings so far in spring training.

Chasen Bradford, P.J. Conlon, and Kevin McGowan combined for 3.2 scoreless innings to finish the game.

Offense:

The Mets got off to a quick start as Michael Conforto doubled in a run and Dominic Smith singled in a run to put the Mets up 2-0 in the first inning. That was all they could muster in this game however, as they went down quietly in the rest of the innings.

Both Juan Lagares and Smith had multi-hit games. Conforto now has a hit in seven out of ten spring games and carries a .357 batting average.

Astros 7, Mets 6

Pitching:

Harvey rebounded from his four-run, 34-pitch, 1.2 inning Spring debut on March 5. This time he went three innings and held the Astros to one home run. He gave up a total of two hits and one walk while striking out two. Scouts had his fastball in the 92-94 MPH range.

Addison Reed relieved Harvey and gave up six runs in 0.2 innings. After that, the Mets pitchers got into a groove as Jerry BlevinsJosh SmokerTom GorzelannyBen Rowen and Corey Taylor combined for 5.1 perfect innings of relief. 

Offense:

The Mets showed their power in this game as five of their six runs came off of extra base hits. Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning; his fourth of the spring. Lucas Duda followed suit two innings later with a two-run homer.

Jayce Boyd and Luis Carpio doubled in a run each in the bottom of the eighth to cut into the Astros lead 7-5. That Mets got one more in the ninth off of a single from Kevin Kaczmarski, but fell short 7-6. David Thompson went 2 for 2 with a run scored.

On deck:

The Mets host the Washington Nationals on Saturday at First Data Field with Steven Matz on the mound. The game starts at 1:10 PM and will be televised on SNY.

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