Here’s the good news about yesterday’s 10-3 loss to the Red Sox: several key Mets hit solo homers. Cano hit his first homer in a Mets uniform. McNeil finally got his first hit this Spring and it was a long homer. Gimenez, ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Mets farm system by most prospect ranking outlets hit his first spring homer showing everyone his potential. Good day for those three. (And Avilan who is trying to get on the roster. He added another scoreless inning of work keeping his ERA to 0.00 this spring).
It just wasn’t a good day for almost everyone else. Syndergaard allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 4.0 innings (but still struck out 8). Lugo allowed 4 runs, only 1 earned over 1.2 innings. Gsellman allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over an inning of work. Dominic Smith who had been doing very well this spring had his first o-for day adding 2 strikeouts to boot.
The Mets will look to move past yesterday as they head to the Red Sox this afternoon.
- Brandon Nimmo (CF)
- Keon Broxton (LF)
- Danny Espinosa (2B)
- Pete Alonso (1B)
- JD Davis (3B)
- Tomas Nido (C)
- Rymer Liriano (DH)
- Luis Guillorme (SS)
- Rajai Davis (RF)
Staring Pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Things To Watch For Today:
- There was a common theme in going through the pitching lines from yesterday: unearned runs were not equal to earned runs. The Mets have committed 28 errors in 15 games so far. While it’s spring and that doesn’t matter for results, it does matter for pitcher preparedness. They are getting less clean inning opportunities because they are reaching their pitch totals for the day full innings before they were expected to, thanks to extra outs.
- Wheeler will be making his third start of spring today. So far in 2.2 innings he has allowed 5 runs, 3 earned over 2.2 innings with a 2.625 WHIP. While he’s the victim of some bad defense, the WHIP lets us know that this line is his fault too. The Mets are hoping, I assume, to get him 3-4 innings today.
- Injuries around the Mets infield have created opportunities for NRI guys and low depth chart roster players. Espinosa, in the former, has had 18 PA’s so far and has hit .071/.278/.286. Guillorme, in the latter, has had 22 PA’s so far and has hit .368/.455/.579. Both are starting today.
- Rymer Liriano and Rajai Davis continue their competition this spring today with both getting starting spots in the in the lineup. Liriano, DHing, is hitting .130/.160/.261 in 25 PA’s. Davis is hitting .267/.389/.600 in 18 PA’s.
- JD Davis is coming back down to Earth a bit the more he plays but he is still putting up a better spring line than expected, now hitting .267/.333/.433 in 33 PA’s.
Let’s Go Mets!
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