The New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 5-3 in a game where the Mets bullpen really stood out. Marcus Stroman started for the Mets today, with Daniel Castano on the mound for the Marlins. Most of the Mets regulars started this game, with the exception of Dominic Smith and James McCann. Tomas Nido started today’s game at catcher.
Marcus Stroman was okay in his 5 innings of work today. He gave up 3 earned runs, 3 strikeouts, and no walks through five, which is fine, but the 9 hits given up really looks bad on his stat-line. Stroman is the expected number 2 starter going into the season, which means he needs to pitch better. This is arguably the most important season of his career.
The Mets got most of their scoring done in the third inning, where they put up 3 runs on the board. Brandon Nimmo got the scoring started with a RBI triple, which was then followed by a RBI double off the bat of Francisco Lindor. Pete Alonso drove in the 3rd run of the inning with a RBI single.
Mets’ Bullpen Saves the Day
The Mets were up 3-1 going into the top of the fifth, when Miguel Rojas tied the game with a 2-run bullet off Marcus Stroman. Jacob Barnes then came into the game with two runners on with no outs, but he managed to leave both runners stranded, striking out 2 in the process. The Mets bullpen was absolutely superb today.
Jacob Barnes, Aaron Loup, Trevor May, and Tommy Hunter combined for 6 strikeouts, 0 runs, 0 hits, and only 1 walk over 4 innings pitched. The Mets’ season will potentially be defined by how their bullpen performs, so this game was very encouraging for us fans.
Francisco Lindor’s Terrific Spring Continues
The Mets need to get an extension done with Francisco Lindor soon. The superstar shortstop continued his amazing Spring Training, as he went 3-4 with yet another home run. Francisco Lindor’s home run in the bottom of the fifth gave the Mets the lead and they never looked back. Lindor is up to 4 home runs this Spring.
JD Davis‘ solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning extended the game to 5-3, and the game was in the Mets’ favor until the end. This was Davis’ first dinger of Spring Training.
What’s Next for the Mets
The 10-8-1 Mets will head to Jupiter to face the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow. Taijuan Walker will be starting for the Mets tomorrow with Carlos Martinez on the hill for the Cardinals. The game will start at 1:05 PM EST and will be broadcasted on the Cardinals’ TV Network. MLB Network will be carrying the game as well.