MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Cardinals, 1:10 PM

By now you’ve probably heard about the homer Pete Alonso hit yesterday. If you haven’t: it was his third of the spring, it went over the Green Monster South, it landed outside the ballpark, it was super impressive.

Yesterday’s Spring Training game just felt good for the Mets. They won 10-2 off 15 hits against the Red Sox with two-hit performances by Alonso, Brandon Nimmo, J.D. Davis (actually three hits), Rymer Liriano, and Luis Guillorme (who continues to have an excellent spring, OPS is now at 1.187). Zack Wheeler shut the Red Sox down for four innings only allowing a hit, Tyler Bashlor did the same thing for two innings behind him, and Jacob Rhame continued the trend with one shutout inning behind him. Then there is Tim Peterson who is quietly having a dominant spring allowing no runs, no hits, and a walk through 4.1 innings with six strikeouts. Things looked good for the Mets. Let’s see if they keep looking good today:

Mets Lineup

  1. Brandon Nimmo (LF)
  2. Jeff McNeil (3B)
  3. Robinson Cano (2B)
  4. Michael Conforto (RF)
  5. Wilson Ramos (C)
  6. Pete Alonso (DH)
  7. Dominic Smith (1B)
  8. Juan Lagares (CF)
  9. Amed Rosario (SS)

Starting Pitcher: Steven Matz

Things To Watch For:

  1. A couple of days ago the Mets said they would start to split Jeff McNeil’s time in the outfield and in the infield and we see that today with Jeff getting a start at third base.
  2. In two starts and 4.2 innings this spring, Matz has allowed 8 hits and 5 runs leading to a WHIP of 2.143 and an ERA of 9.64. Obviously small sample size. If he follows the trend from other starters this week, the goal will be to get him about four innings of work today.
  3. In 19 PA’s across seven games Ramos has hit .444/.474/.611. It’s just nice to read a line like that from a catcher.
  4. With all of the NRI’s competing for time in the infield and Amed getting hit by a pitch on his hand, Amed Rosario has only played in five games this spring. During those five, he has come up to the plate 15 times and has a .462/.533/.846 line.
  5. Edwin Diaz is listed as available today. In his three spring appearances, he has pitched three innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three.

Let’s Go Mets!

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs