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The Mets have today off, but will play in two split-squad games Tuesday. The first squad will host the Astros at 1:10 p.m. at home, and the second team will travel to West Palm to take on the Nationals at 7:05 p.m.
Yesterday, Jacob deGrom made his spring debut for the Mets as they fell to the Houston Astros 5-2 at First Data Field.
The right-hander came out firing as he struck out the side in the top of the first. He mixed in a 95-97 mph fastball with a slider that sat around 90-92.
DeGrom was victimized by a walk and a pair of singles in the second. Though he retired the next three hitters on seven pitches as he allowed a pair of runs to score on sacrifice flies.
He threw 13 pitches in the third, recording two outs (one on a strikeout) before being pulled. Overall, it was definitely a good start for deGrom, who told the media he “doesn’t feel too far behind.”
Jason Vargas was stretched out as he pitched the next four innings. He allowed three walks and four hits, including a Garrett Stubbs solo home run. He also induced double plays in both the fifth and sixth, while striking out five batters in a strong 65-pitch effort.
Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3 on the afternoon, stroking two singles to left, one of which brought home a run in the sixth. He is now hitting .381 this spring.
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