Spring training has gotten rolling and after a few stumbles in the road, the Mets got back to their winning ways. This is a week in review of the Mets spring training games. What are we looking at in these reports?
Prospect progression, how the new guys are doing, and of course how's the starting pitching doing. So lets begin with our first game, we won't go too far back so we'll start with Sunday's game vs. Atlanta at Tradition field where the Mets were victorious 7-5.
We saw the majority of the projected starting lineup on display for a good portion of this game with left-hander and possible 6th man in the bullpen, Sean Gilmartin, on the hill to start the game making the Mets intentions very clear on what they want out of Gilmartin. Gilmartin went 3 solid innings struck out two batters and gave up four scattered hits. Stolmy Pimentel has the looks like Aroldis Chapman body-wise, went two innings of one walk and one strikeout ball with one hit allowed.
@Chase Bradford who projects to be a double A to triple A player showed why with a rough inning giving up 4 earned runs. Akeel Morris gave up a run but struck out a batter and allowed two hits in his inning of work. Jim Henderson, and Addison Reed both had perfect innings in the 8th and 9th with Henderson picking up a K. The Mets offense had extra base hits from what would seem to be 5th outfielder Alejandro De Aza and newcome Neil Walker. De Aza along with Yoenis Cespedes got RBI's with catcher Johnny Monell and the impressive minor leaguer Travis Taijeron picking up RBIs as well. De Aza and Taijeron were the only batters to pick up multiple hits in this one. Kyle Johnson, Marc Krauss, Eric Campbell, T.J. Rivera, Ty Kelly, and Raywilly Gomez all saw time in this one.
Monday was the split-squad day for the Mets this week with both games coming to lopsided conclusions. First the road game in Jupiter against the St. Louis Cardinals. Steven Matz gave up a run while walking two and striking out three in three innings of work. Logan Verrett followed up with a scoreless fourth and Jeff Walters proceeded to get knocked around while only recording one out in his outing allowing four earned runs on four hits along with a walk. Gabriel Ynoa, who is one of the Mets top pitching prospects, cleaned up the mess and pitched a scoreless sixth.
Paul Sewald and Hansel Robles gave up runs in each of their innings with Robles giving up two unearned runs. Offensively the Mets did score four runs which normally would win you a game however it wasn't enough against the Cardinals. Krauss picked up a couple of hits with an RBI along with Taijeron who continues his impressive spring. The home side of the split was much better for the Mets as Bartolo Colon was on the hill. Colon, went three innings giving up one run on four hits and struck out two. Antonio Bastardo, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins, and Josh Smoker all pitched an inning each, Blevins gave up one run while walking two in his inning.
Mets bats came swinging for the fences with Neil Walker and Lucas Duda picking up a tater each as the Mets won 7-3 versus the Tigers.
Tuesday the Mets fell to the Braves 5-4. The only thing of not in this game was Matt Harvey throwing straight gas in his first start. Three innings of work he gave up one run while walking two and striking out two. Wilmer Flores picked up three hits and an RBI and Juan Lagares had two hits with two RBI's as he continues to make a bid for playing time that ultimately he might not be able to get no matter how good he plays.
Wednesday the Mets scored four runs in the 5th inning but ended up tying with the NY Yankees 4-4.
Jacob deGrom pitched three innings allowing one run and punching out two. Blevins bounced back nicely with a strong perfect inning. Addison Reed continues his spring with a perfect inning. The only blemish that may be concerning was of Bastardo, who gave up two runs in the 9th inning closing the game out and un able to do so. It did allow Pimentel to once again impress with a scoreless 10th inning. Curtis Granderson returned to the lineup after suffering from pink eye early on in the spring. Granderson, along with Cespedes, and Kevin Plawecki who has also looked good this spring, picked up a couple of hits each.
Thursday the Mets put up seven runs and defeated the Cardinals 7-3. Noah Syndergaard, let's just say he brought the hammer and it had heat. Three innings with one hit and two strikeouts in the big kid's debut. Josh Smoker followed it up with a forgettable inning giving up a homerun to left handed hitter Matt Adams. Smoker overall is still a candidate to compete for a spot in the bullpen. Mets bats once again brought the pop but from one unexpected source. Asdrubal Cabrera got on base in his first at bat but suffered a knee injury running the bases. It's being called a strained ligament and he'll be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least. Don't tell Ruben Tejada any of that. Tejada, wacked an impressive two-run home run to help his stock rise in response to the oppurtunity given. Wilmer Flores and De Aza picked up two hits and Taijeron added a monster three-run big fly that had everyone in awe.
Finally Friday where the Mets dropped one to the Washington Nationals 9-5. Nationals seem like they pick up their play when it comes to playing the Mets this spring early on, we'll see if it stays that way for when the games actually count. Steven Matz made his second spring start and wasn't anything special giving up three runs on two hits while walking two. It hasn't been a great start to Matz' 2016 season but it shouldn't be a concern aslong as he keeps working at it. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless third inning wile Verrett threw two scoreless with two k's. Nothing much to report with the batters, 22 Year old John Mora picked up two RBI's replacing Lagares who also had an RBI.
Saturday has the Mets matched up with the Cardinals with Colon on the mound followed by a visit to the Marlins Sunday, the Tigers on Monday and then back to the Marlins on Tuesday. Stay tuned!
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