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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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This Day in Mets History
1961: George Weiss becomes the first Mets’ club president