Morning Briefing: Matz Looks to Build Off Strong Start

Good morning Mets fans! The Mets travel to Rodger Dean Stadium in Jupiter as they take on the Miami Marlins at 1:05 pm this afternoon. Steven Matz will be on the mound as he looks to build off his strong start from last week. The game will not be televised, but can be heard on 710 WOR.

We were treated to a pair of Spring Training games yesterday. At First Data Field, the Mets fell to the Houston Astros by a score of 6-1 in the day game of the doubleheader.

In the first game, Noah Syndergaard toed the rubber for the Mets. In 4.2 innings, he allowed two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out five. The two runs he allowed came in when Evan Gattis punched a single into left field.

Robert Gsellman came on in relief in the fifth, and turned in 1.1 innings. He allowed one run on three hits with one punch out.

AJ Ramos pitched the seventh and allowed a two-run home run to Alex De Goti. His ERA for the spring is now 4.05. Jerry Blevins pitched a clean eighth inning, but Matt Purke surrendered another run in the ninth.

Brandon Nimmo accounted for the Mets lone run of the game with a solo home run in the first inning, continuing his hot spring.

The Mets logged seven hits on the afternoon. Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 out of the No. 2 hole, while Phillip Evans recorded two hits out of the No. 6 hole.

In the night game, the Mets fell to the Nationals by a score of 7-4. Zack Wheeler made the start, and he was knocked around by the Nationals. He gave up five runs on seven hits and threw 65 pitches over three innings.

Seth Lugo threw 1.2 scoreless inning as the first man out of the bullpen. Hansel Robles also tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief. Making his spring debut, A.J. Griffin allowed two runs in his lone inning.

Amed Rosario played seven innings in the field. He picked up the Mets first hit of the game in the fourth with a first-pitch double to center. Later in the game, Rosario launched his first home run of the spring to deep left.

Wilmer Flores, Kevin Plawecki, Matt den Dekker, and Kevin Kaczmarski all had base hits as part of a two-out rally in the seventh. den Dekker drove in one with an infield single, and Kaczmarski drove in a pair with a single of his own.

Latest Mets News

Mickey Callaway has named Noah Syndergaard the Opening Day starter, with Jacob deGrom starting the second game. Syndergaard will become the first Mets pitcher to start consecutive Opening Day’s since Johan Santana (2008-2010).

The Mets made their first round of spring cuts yesterday. The list of cuts includes most notably OF Tim Tebow, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jamie Callahan, and RHP Gerson Bautista.

Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from Tuesday afternoon’s lineup due to a sore right wrist. Callaway told the media that x-rays came back negative, therefore nothing is broken.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, David Wright was re-examined Monday by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. According to the Mets, Wright’s shoulder and back issues persist, and he will refrain from baseball activity for another eight weeks.

Michael Conforto fully expects to play in a Grapefruit League game next week. Conforto has progressed about as well as he and the Mets could have wanted.

Brandon Nimmo spent part of his day off on Monday in the oncology ward at the children’s hospital in West Palm Beach handing out Mets hats.

With Nimmo excelling in camp, a Juan Lagares trade is looking more and more possible. Per Mike Puma of the NY Post, at least one AL team is interested in the Gold Glove centerfielder.

Anthony Swarzak will pitch in a minor league game this afternoon.

Dominic Smith has hoped to return to the lineup the past couple of days, but has yet to do so. Smith is expected to be left off the travel roster again today. When asked when he might play, Smith told the media “your guess is as good as mine.”

Mickey Callaway’s former staff members in Cleveland told the New York Times that the Mets are in good hands with the rookie manager.

Latest MLB News

To celebrate the start of the 2018 season, MLB presents the first ever MLB Food Fest on April 21-22 in New York City near Bryant Park. The food festival features special food selections from each of the 30 Clubs.

The Toronto Blue Jays have ruled shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out for Opening Day. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the team believes he could return before the end of April.

Forbes discusses why MLB’s attendance numbers could be down in 2018.

Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve has switched agencies, and he is now being represented by CAA.

Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez told Jon Morosi the media is underrating the Jays, relative to the Yankees and Red Sox. “I think we’re going to be a lot better than the media thinks,” Sanchez said.

Latest NL East News

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves have signed OF Ezequiel Carrera to a minor league deal. Carrera will report to big league camp and will compete for a roster spot.

At his opening press conference, newly signed Phillies starter Jake Arrieta told the media the following: “We’re going to promise a fight. We’re going to have conviction, we’re going to fight, and we’re going to win.”

Latest on MMO

Rob Piersall discusses Gerson Bautista’s mission to make the majors in 2018.

Rob also takes a look at Adrian Gonzalez’s recent comments about his spring results.

Dave Eiland wants his pitchers to take back control of the plate, Rob discusses here.

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