The Mets beat the Marlins yesterday with a 8-4 final score. The Mets collected 15 hits, including a 4 hit game from Robinson Cano. Cano went 4 for 4 with a double, 2 runs scored and a RBI.
Other solid performances came from Starling Marte (2-4, R, 2RBI, 2B, BB), Pete Alonso (2-4, 2 2B, 2R), Tomas Nido (3-4, RBI, R) and Eduardo Escobar (1-4, HR, R, RBI)
The offense was just enough for Chris Bassitt as he struggled over his 5 innings of work. Bassitt allowed 2 homeruns and 4 runs overall, getting hit charged for 3 in the 4th. Bassitt bounced back with a good 5th to end on a high note in his final tune up. Bassitt struck out 6, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks.
Bassitt was relieved by Chasen Shreve, who kept his fabulous spring going with another hitless inning. Shreve has now pitched 4 hitless innings with just one walk and 6 strikeouts this spring. He will most likely make the team as a lefty reliever with newly acquired Joely Rodriguez.
Trevor Williams finished it off with 3 scoreless frames of his own. Williams allowed three hits and worked out of a bases loaded gem in the ninth, but got the job done. He also got help from a fine diving catch from Jaylen Palmer in center.
Today the Mets will face the Astros at Palm Beach as Carlos Carrasco gets the start for his final tune up. The game will start at 12.05PM and can be watched on MLB.tv (Houston feed)
Mets starter Taijuan Walker took the mound for the first time this spring as the right hander is coming back from a knee injury. With Walker being behind schedule, he only tossed two scoreless innings before making his exit.
David Peterson entered the contest after Walker’s exit and pitched mediocre in the outing. The left handed went 3.2 innings while allowing two runs on two hits, however he did fan five batters.
Jeff McNeil hit a triple in the fourth and would later be brought home by Robinson Cano’s ground out. The run would cut the Nationals lead in half.
Mark Cahna goes the other way with a hard hit RBI double in the 5th to tie the game at 2. McNeil followed with an opposite field RBI single.
Eduardo Escobar hit his first HR of the spring, a solo shot in the sixth making it 4-2, Mets. Escobar continues to rake, as well as being an important part to the clubhouse.
Chasen Shreve pitched another scoreless inning, his second of the spring. Shreve continues to make his case to be apart of the Mets bullpen.
The Mets would win the game 4-2, after a Sean Reid-Foley save.
The Mets beat the Marlins 9-3 yesterday behind some powerfully offense. The power started in the first when Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor went back-to-back. It ended with a bomb by top prospect Francisco Alvarez in the eight.
Lindor had a solid game going 2 for 3 with that homerun and double. The star shortstop drove in two in the win.
Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from J.D. Davis. Davis cleared the bases with a three run double, an at bat after he got hit in the knee by a pitch. Eduardo Escobar also had a solid game going 3 for 3 with a RBI.
Arguably the most exciting moment was Francisco Alvarez crushing a homerun off the scoreboard in left field. It showed the amazing pop Francisco Alvarez has. He is going to be exciting.
With the Mets expecting a rainy evening, they went with relief pitchers and had Bassitt and Carrasco work in the minor league Instrasquad game earlier on the day. The bullpen game went well as Diaz, Castro, Orze, Shreve, Holderman, Lugo and Mitchell all had a scoreless frame. Sean Reid-Foley walked 3, allowing just one run and Josh Walker allowed 2 (1 earned) in his inning.
Castro did got some help by some sparkling defense behind him. Jeff McNeil made a terrific play for and out and Brandon Nimmo followed with a nice catch in CF.
Bassitt and Carrasco got their work in on the minor league site. Bassitt went 5 innings allowing just one hit with 5 strikeouts. Carlos Carrasco however, struggled in his outing allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 3.1 innings. He allowed homeruns to Jose Peroza and Thomas Nido. Drew Smith also pitched, he went a perfect inning.
Today the Mets face the Astros at 6.10pm with Tylor Megill making the start. The Game is not televised.
The New York Mets and Eduardo Escobar have agreed to a two year deal worth $20M. The news comes from Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Escobar spent 2021 with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers as he slugged 28 homers with 90 RBI’s. The infielder can play either third or short and has a career slash of .256/.309/.436/.745 in 11 seasons.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Mets will now do with J.D. Davis and even Jeff McNeil, as well as how the team finishes off negotiations with Javy Baez.