The Mets finished off their Spring Training stint in Port St. Lucie this season with an 8-3 win at the hands of the Astros. The Mets improved to 11-10-1, with two games to play in Spring Training. The Astros lost yet again, falling to 6-14.
We got another taste of the strength of the Mets lineup this season as they put up eight runs and twelve hits. A combination of the Mets bench players and starters gave the Mets faithful in Port St. Lucie one last hurrah before the team heads up north in a few days.
Mets Start Game With Opener
The Mets tried out something new in today’s game, which we have seen an increased usage throughout the league. Jacob Barnes, whom the Mets picked up off waivers in October, started the game as an “opener.” With Carlos Carrasco out at least until Memorial Day, the Mets may try out techniques they’ve never utilized to keep their starters fresh.
Following Barnes’ scoreless inning in which he struck out two, Joey Lucchesi came in to pitch 4.2 innings. This was the first start for Lucchesi since he’s been announced as the #5 starter following Carrasco’s injury. Lucchesi gave the Mets optimism for the future as he held the Astros to one run and had four strikeouts to one walk.
Mets Pitching Solid After Barnes’ Exit
Following Lucchesi’s outing, the lone lefty in the Mets bullpen as of now, Aaron Loup, came in to get one out after an Alex Bregman home run. The Mets main offseason bullpen addition, Trevor May, came in in the seventh inning and allowed one run, but had two strikeouts. Oscar De La Cruz came in the eighth inning for the Mets and faced a little trouble, but came out of it allowing only one run. Finally, Jerry Blevins closed up the game in the ninth inning and may have earned himself a roster spot to join Loup from the left side.
Mets Offense Overpowers Astros
Offensively, it was another strong output for the Mets. The Mets got it started in the third inning on a two-run single from Francisco Lindor to right field. That was after Joey Lucchesi and Kevin Pillar reached base via two singles and advanced on a wild pitch. Lindor would come up again with a man in scoring position in the fifth inning and drove in Pillar from second base to make it 3-0. Hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come as Lindor sits in the #2 hole in the lineup.
After going 3-3 with 3 RBI today, Lindor is hitting .388 with a 1.098 OPS and has four home runs and 14 RBI. The Mets would extend their lead with two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh. Dominic Smith got the Mets going in the sixth inning with a homer to dead center.
After a Luis Guillorme double in the gap, Tomas Nido brought him home with a double off the wall in left field. In the seventh inning, Pete Alonso hit his fourth home run of the spring, bringing Michael Conforto home. Dom Smith would follow up Alonso’s fly ball with another one of his own, a wind-aided home run to left.
Wrap Up and Look Ahead
It was another successful afternoon for the Mets as the offseason begins to settle in in preparation for the season. Opening Day is just five days away, as the team opens up the season in D.C. with deGrom and Scherzer set to take the hill. The Mets finish up their Grapefruit League season with two games in Jupiter against the Marlins and Cardinals. Both games will not be televised, though will be covered on the radio by the home teams. Mike Montgomery gets the start tomorrow against Miami, and Taijuan Walker started against St. Louis on Monday.