The New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 today in a game defined by a single swing. Taijuan Walker had the start for the Mets, with Carlos Martinez on the mound for the Cardinals. A good majority of Mets regulars started today, with the exception of James McCann and Dominic Smith. McCann was given the day off, while Smith is continuing to deal with discomfort in his wrist.
Terrific Game from Taijuan Walker
Taijuan Walker, now the expected number three starter on Opening Day, looked great in his outing today. Walker went 4 scoreless innings striking out 3, while facing the minimum. His slider was especially impressive during his outing today.
Taijuan Walker’s early-season expectations will of course be much greater than they previously were due to the recent news of Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco will be out 6-8 weeks due to a grade 1 hamstring tear, so the Mets pitching depth will be a major factor early in the season.
Walker having an outstanding performance in the day after the Carrasco news is a big morale booster for this team.
Mets Offense Was Strong Early
The Mets’ bats got off to a quick start early, with Pete Alonso hitting a ringing RBI double during the game’s first inning. Tomas Nido hit a solo home run of his own during the second inning, which gave the Mets an early 2-0 lead. Nido has solidified himself as this team’s backup catcher.
The real damage came in the fourth inning, when Francisco Lindor came up to the plate with the bases loaded. On the first pitch off of Thomas Parsons, Lindor hit a line-drive grand slam to right, which gave the Mets a commanding 7-0 lead. This was Lindor’s second home run of Spring Training as he continues to play well with a potential extension looming.
The Mets had the big lead for the majority of the game, but Corey Oswalt continues to be underwhelming for the Mets. Oswalt gave up 5 earned runs and 5 hits over 2.2 innings pitched, which made the game competitive late. The Mets got an extra run late when Johneshwy Fargas scored on an error during the eighth inning. The final score was again 8-5 New York.
What’s Next for the Mets
The 8-7-1 Mets will be off tomorrow, but will head to West Palm Beach to face the Nationals on Sunday. Jacob deGrom, on schedule for every fifth day this Spring, will get the ball for the Mets. The game will be on at 1:05 PM EST, but unfortunately won’t be broadcasted live on television.