MetsJunkies Recap: Prospect Galore

During the time Mets fans waited patiently on the deGrom update, the Mets played a game against the Cardinals. A lot of regulars started the game, but in the third inning, the Game got into a rain delay. The Mets end up losing the Game 7-2.

After the rain delay, the regulars were replaced and a lot of young minor league prospects came in. Alex Ramirez was the best prospect that got Game action and he collected a nice opposite field hit.

Wyatt Young was the star for the Mets as he went 2 for 3, with both Mets runs driven in. The 2021 15th round pick has a terrific pro debut year and shows it off during Spring Training.

On the pitching side, the Mets gave the start to Felix Pena in place of deGrom. Pena allowed 3 runs in 2 innings of work. The Mets got scoreless outings from Alex Claudio, Drew Smith (both 1 inning) and Sean Reid-Foley (2 innings). Both Ottavino and Collin Holderman allowed 2 runs in their inning.

The Mets are off today and will play the Marlins on Sunday at Port St. Lucie. Game wi start at 1.10pm.

Photo Credit: Wyatt Young Instagram

MetsJunkies Recap: Davis Struggles at Third as Mets fall to Astros

The Mets dropped to 3-3 on the Spring after the Mets lost to the Astros 2-1. The Mets pitching held up very well against a lineup that featured Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and others. Unfortunately the defense wasn’t up to par and JD Davis struggled with 2 errors at third.

The errors cost Megill two unearned runs in his solid outing. The righty went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 (unearned) runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4 Astros hitters in his outing.

The relief corps behind Megill shined as they combined to pitch 5.1 scoreless frames with 0 walks and 7 strikeouts. Lefties Rob Zastryzny and Alex Claudio both pitched perfect innings. Claudio collected 2 strikeouts, while Zastryzny got one. Both are battling to make the bullpen.

Trevor May made his spring debut with a scoreless inning. The righty did allow 2 hits but also struck out 2. Adam Ottavino impressed with a perfect frame, striking out Altuve.

The Mets offense didn’t do a lot. Daniel Palka drove in the only run with a single and Jankowski kept his strong spring going with a 2 hit game. Jankowski also made a terrific diving catch in center as he tries to make the Mets bench.

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Nationals at 1.10PM as David Peterson looks to rebound.

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Mets Recap: deGrom was O. (5)K

The Mets beat the Astros 2-0 yesterday with Jacob deGrom getting his first Grapefruit League Action. deGrom went 2 innings, allowing one hit with 5 strikeouts. deGrom looked free and easy, hitting 99mph on his fastball. Jake threw mostly fastball and sliders, but ended his outing with his only change up for the K. He threw 30 pitches and is expected to throw around 45 next outing.

It was the start of a very solid pitching day for the Mets, as they shutout the Astros with 7 pitchers getting into the action. Adam Ottavino made his Mets debut with a perfect innings and one K. Trevor Williams followed with 2 scoreless frame (needed 50 pitches). Both are part of the major league roster in all likelihood.

Lefties Alex Claudio and Rob Zastryzny came into action and pitched very well. Zastryzny struck out the side for the save and Claudio struck out the lefty he faced and followed with getting two righties out. Nogosek and Jose Rodriguez also pitched a scoreless frame in the win.

The Mets got their runs in the 5th after back to back hits by Dom Smith and Nick Meyer opened the innings. Lindor drove in Dom with a ground out and McNeil lined a sac fly to score Meyer. Overall the Mets collected just 6 hits. Alonso had the only extra base hit with a ringing double.

The Mets don’t have a game today and will be back against the Marlins on Thursday 6.10pm. Reportedly Carlos Carrasco and Chris Bassitt will make their spring debut.

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Mets Sign Lefty Alex Claudio

The Mets have added some much needed depth from the left side, adding Alex Claudio to a minor league deal. The 29 year old lefty is coming off a bad year in the Angels pen, where he pitched to a 5.51 ERA in 32.2 innings. He struck out 30 , but walked 15 over that span. His 4.1 walks per nine was the highest in any season. He also allowed a career high 1.7 homeruns per nine in 2021.

However, if you exclude 2021, Claudio has been a mainstay in bullpens as a lefty. After 5 successfull seasons (first 2 combined just 28 innings) with the Rangers, he pitched two seasons for the Brewers. Before the 2021 season, Claudio pitched to a 3.34 ERA, holding lefties to a .596 OPS against.

With relievers you never know. Claudio is just 29 and could still have solid years left. Before 2021, he was a master in limiting hard contact. Between 2016-2020 he was in the best 10% in barrel percentage every year. With Milwaukee in 2019 (best 2%) and 2020 (best 1%) he excelled in average exit velo against.

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In the end it’s a low risk move which doesn’t hurt. I am sure he won’t be the only lefty the Mets will add, hopefully a MLB deal as well when the lockout ends.

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