MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Astros, 1:05 PM — Cespedes In

NEW YORK METS (7-15) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS (15-7)
Monday, March 19, 2018 • 1:05 p.m.
FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches • West Palm Beach, FL
LHP Steven Matz (0-3, 10.80) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (0-1, 2.40)
MLB Network and WOR

The New York Mets will take on the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros this afternoon at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Steven Matz will be opposed by Justin Verlander.

Mets Lineup

  1. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
  2. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
  3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
  4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
  5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  6. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
  7. Phillip Evans (R) DH
  8. Juan Lagares (R) CF
  9. Luis Guillorme (L) SS

Astros Lineup

  1. George Springer (R) RF
  2. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
  3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
  4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
  5. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 1B
  6. Josh Reddick (L) LF
  7. Evan Gattis (R) DH
  8. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
  9. Brian McCann (L) C

Notes

Mets left-hander Jason Vargas is set to undergo surgery on the hamate bone in his right-hand on Tuesday. Pitching coach Dave Eiland said he may or may not miss time at the beginning of the season.

“We may not have to adjust. We may, we may not. We don’t know yet,” he said. “Are we going to have somebody else lined up in that spot? Absolutely but it doesn’t mean Jason Vargas won’t be ready.”

After Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos, Jeurys Familia and Anthony Swarzak are slated to pitch this afternoon.

Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup today playing left field. He had been sidelined with a sore wrist.

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