Good morning Mets fans! The Mets will again try to win their first game of March at home against the Detroit Tigers. Matt Harvey hopes to build off an encouraging first start. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. and will be aired on SNY.
Yesterday, the Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals by a score of 7-3. Steven Matz struggled again in his second start, as he failed to make it out of the first inning. Matz was missing spots badly and walked a pair as he allowed five runs on four hits.
In the competition for the second lefty spot, both Matt Purke and P.J. Conlon pitched well. Matt Purke retired two righties on grounders before striking out Trea Turner with a 1-2 slider in the dirt to end a spotless sixth inning. Conlon turned in three scoreless innings of long relief.
After falling behind 0-2 and working the count full, Jay Bruce launched a solo home run, his first of the spring, in the bottom of the first. Todd Frazier followed suit a few innings later, lacing a slider over the left field wall, for his first homer of the spring as well.
Adrian Gonzalez continues to struggle, going hitless in four at-bats. He is now hitting just .133 with a .321 OPS in 16 spring at-bats.
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Matz told reporters “It is frustrating. I feel really healthy and able to get a lot of work in between starts. Even though it’s spring training, you want to see results.”
On deGrom’s availability for Opening Day, pitching coach Dave Eiland said “With Jacob deGrom, we will not make an exception. That’s stupid. We’re not going to be careless just so he can pitch Opening Day.”
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