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Steven Matz will get the ball for New York this afternoon as he looks to build off a strong finish to his last start. Zack Wheeler will also pitch one inning today before jumping into the rotation on Thursday.
Yesterday, the Mets scratched out a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.
Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets, and although he didn’t have his usual high strikeout numbers, Thor got the job done against a solid Orioles lineup. He lasted seven innings, gave up one run on eight hits and struck out five.
Seth Lugo pitched the eighth, and he gave up three runs including a home run to Danny Valencia. Robert Gsellman pitched the ninth inning and earned the save for New York. He pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Travis d’Arnaud led the way offensively for New York. The catcher homered in the second, and later doubled home two runs against Dylan Bundy. The Mets catchers haven’t been the issue this spring, as both d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki have hit well.
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Jason Vargas was examined at Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday. The doctors there recommended he undergo surgery on his right hand, which will occur on Tuesday. Vargas will return to his throwing progression five days after surgery, and there is currently no timetable for his return.
With Gsellman and Lugo destined for the bullpen, it’s looking like the Vargas injury will enable Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey, Matz and Wheeler to all be in the rotation at the same time for the first time ever.
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According to the Washington Post, a massive government spending bill that Congress is expected to consider this week could include a provision exempting Minor League Baseball players from federal labor laws.
Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports discusses how the Minnesota Twins brought in seven players at a very reasonable rate and took advantage of the slow market this offseason.
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