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


Zack Wheeler makes his Grapefruit League debut today at 1:10 PM when the Mets host the Houston Astros at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. You can watch the game on SNY or listen in on WOR 710 AM.

Wheeler was 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 starts for the Mets last season, but was too often lacking control. He walked 10.7 percent of the batters he faced last season, seventh worst among starters who pitched at least 100 innings.

He said his goal this season is to slow things down and have a more consistent delivery. The righthander attributed his control problems to rushing his delivery and getting his mechanics out of whack.

I’m excited to see how he looks today as the Mets shoot for two spring wins in a row…

Also scheduled to pitch for the Mets today are Kyle Farnsworth, John Church, Vic Black, Adam Kolarek, Scott Rice and Cory Mazzoni.

By the way, veteran baseball writer John Delcos, a frequent contributor to Metsmerized, will answer your comments and questions over on his blog, Post your questions on the game thread and he’ll be there throughout the afternoon to respond.

Here are today’s lineups:

New York Mets

  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Chris Young, CF
  3. Curtis Granderson, rf
  4. Brandon Allen, 1B
  5. Josh Satin, 3B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Taylor Teagarden, DH
  8. Anthony Seratelli, SS
  9. Omar Quintanilla, 2B

Houston Astros

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Jose Altuve, 2B
  3. Marc Krauss, RF
  4. Chris Carter, DH
  5. Jesus Guzman, 1B
  6. Carlos Corporan, C
  7. L.J. Hoes, LF
  8. Jonathan Villar, SS
  9. Cesar Izturis, 3B

Eric Young Jr., who had been dealing with a side-muscle issue, is making his 2014 Grapefruit League debut. However Ike Davis (calves and Lucas Duda (legs) are both still sidelined.

Brandon Allen makes his second straight appearance in the cleanup spot, while Seratelli and Quintanilla compose the middle of the Mets infield. Keep taking deep breaths…

Daniel Murphy and David Wright continue to get vacation time from Collins and may get to play their first game of the Spring at the end of the week. Maybe.

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