The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals in their fourth game of the Spring by a score of 8-4. They are now 2-2 in Grapefruit League action. Dellin Betances got the win, despite his sub-par pitching performance, and Cole Henry was saddled with the loss thanks to the grand slam he allowed to Pete Alonso in the bottom of the fifth.
Mets Key Contributors
In today’s matchup with Washington, some of the key contributors were names that the casual Mets’ fan would recognize. Brandon Nimmo, “Pistol” Pete Alonso, and Jake Hager homered for New York. Of the three homers the Mets got today, two were solo homers and one was a grand slam. Brandon Nimmo had the solo shot and Pete Alonso hit an absolute blast of a grand slam to right field.
As far as the pitching goes, the Mets utilized eight pitchers in nine innings. David Peterson got the ball to start, and he looked solid out of the gate, going two innings, only allowing a single hit, no walks, and no runs. Another pitcher of note from today was Trevor May, who looked very good in his single inning of work.
For the most part, the Mets’ prospects looked quite good in today’s ballgame, with Hager going deep, Ronny Mauricio getting on base twice, as well as making a few solid plays on defense. Brett Baty had a hit and scored a run, as well. Today, the Mets’ top prospects looked pretty good.
Betances’ Pitching Woes Continue
Despite getting the win today, Dellin Betances continues to struggle in a Mets’ uniform. There is no other way to put it at this point. The only reason he got the win today was because of Pete Alonso bailing him out with the grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Mets are going to need more out of him if they plan to win games in the long run. Four earned runs in one inning just is not something that they can keep letting him give up.
To wrap it all up, today’s game had a ton of ups and downs for the Mets. A lot of positives with the position players, as well as a few on the bump, but there is still some work to be done out of the bullpen. That will all come with time, though, as the Mets are without Seth Lugo, who will likely be a large factor in the 2021 Mets bullpen.