MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Shutout D’Backs. Improve to 7-3

The Mets improved to 7-3 on the year after a 5-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. David Peterson and the Mets bullpen held the Diamondbacks off the board in a stellar performance.

Peterson made the start instead of Taijuan Walker. He didn’t disappoint, as he went 4.1 scoreless frames. The young lefty allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 4. He has thrown 8.1 scoreless frames so far this season.

Trevor Williams, Chasen Shreve, Drew Smith and Edwin Diaz combined to throw the other 4.2 scoreless frames. Shreve was outstanding over 2 scoreless to collect the win.

The Mets offense was silent against Diamondbacks starter Castellanos, but woke up against the Diamondbacks bullpen. With some great and smart baserunning in between the Mets scored 3 runs in the sixth. Eduardo Escobar hit a hustle double that led to a Pavin Smith throwing error. This scored Alonso and got Escobar to third for the first run.

JD Davis followed with a clutch pinch hit RBI Single and Smith later scored on a James McCann sac fly. After that play JD Sacrificed himself on the bases, so the Diamondbacks couldn’t appeal Smith leaving to early at third. Davis ended up surprising the Diamondbacks and steal a base. After the Game Davis admitted it was on Buck Showalter. What a great call by the skipper.

A inning later Pete Alonso hit a line drive over the wall for his 3rd homerun of the season, a 2 run shot to left. Pete now has 14 runs batted in in the early season, leading the NL.

After a 7-3 start to the year the Mets will welcome the San Francisco Giants to town. The opening game of the 4 game series starts today at 7.10, with Tylor Megill on the hill vs Alex Cobb.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: Bullpen Blows 4-run Lead

The New York Mets opened the game with Taijuan Walker taking the mound, and while he only pitched two innings, it was a very good two innings.

I’m not sure if Walker was supposed to exit early, however he looked to call the trainer to the clubhouse after the second inning, before being replaced by David Peterson.

Walker tossed just two frames and struck out four batters without giving up a hit or walking a batter, unfortunately, it would be the Mets back end of the bullpen that would falter.

Mark Canha is still hitting. The right-handed bat went 1-4 and is currently hitting .571 with 3 RBI’s on the very young season.

David Peterson pitched well out of the pen following Walker’s departure. The lefty threw four innings, striking out three while walking two and allowing three hits.

Brandon Nimmo picked up a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run scored while raising his batting average to .333 while manning center.

Trevor May also looked to tweak something as Showalter and Hefner, alongside a trainer, came to the mound before removing May.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor picked up a base hit, an RBI single. The perennial All-Star is now batting .250 with 3 RBI’s on the year.

The Mets and Phillies will play the second game of the series, as Philadelphia plays host. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 PM with Tylor Megill squaring up against former Met Zack Wheeler.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: Escobar flexes some muscle; Mets beat Nationals

Mets starter Taijuan Walker took the mound for the first time this spring as the right hander is coming back from a knee injury. With Walker being behind schedule, he only tossed two scoreless innings before making his exit.

David Peterson entered the contest after Walker’s exit and pitched mediocre in the outing. The left handed went 3.2 innings while allowing two runs on two hits, however he did fan five batters.

Jeff McNeil hit a triple in the fourth and would later be brought home by Robinson Cano’s ground out. The run would cut the Nationals lead in half.

Mark Cahna goes the other way with a hard hit RBI double in the 5th to tie the game at 2. McNeil followed with an opposite field RBI single.

Eduardo Escobar hit his first HR of the spring, a solo shot in the sixth making it 4-2, Mets. Escobar continues to rake, as well as being an important part to the clubhouse.

Chasen Shreve pitched another scoreless inning, his second of the spring. Shreve continues to make his case to be apart of the Mets bullpen.

The Mets would win the game 4-2, after a Sean Reid-Foley save.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: Megill & Castro sharp; Peterson loses to Cards

The game started off with Pete Alonso making a challenging play in foul territory, battling the sun and the turf to make the out. Alonso stated earlier in the spring that he plans to eventually walk away with a gold glove, as the slugger is known to have a hard worker’s ethic.

After the Cardinals put runners on first and third, Dylan Carlson hit a monster of shot over the left field wall. The outfielder, currently in his sophomore season, would give his Cardinals the 3-0 lead.

The bottom half of the second started off with an amazing interview with Mets manager Buck Showalter. It’s evident that the organization now has a leader to call the shots and make that tough call when need be, coming from what seems to be an extremely entertaining personality.

After a lead off walk from Alonso, then a single by Cahna, putting runners on first and third. James McCann would push an RBI single in the hole between second and first, an approach that McCann plans to make his way back to.

Paul Goldschmidt then lead the third inning off, drilling a shot over the left-center field gate. The home run, Goldschmidt’s first of the spring, gave the Card’s a 4-1 lead over the Mets.

Travis Jankowski, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania native and Stony Brook alumni, made a case to be the team’s fifth outfielder, as he made a stellar diving catch in the top of the fourth.

Francisco Lindor started off a phenomenal 6-4-5 double play with a backhanded stop in the hole, McNeil had the wherewithal to go to third for the second out of the play.

Megill also did an in-dugout interview after pitching three scoreless frames. The right-hander told Steve Gelbs that he is working on the command of his slider, his new cutter, as well as his curveball.

Megill spoke about adding a new pitch to his arsenal, “I definitely wanted to add another weapon… I wanted something hard and something that goes into lefties, so they can respect the four-seam.”

Miguel Castro threw a scoreless 7th as the right-hander’s stuff was looking electric. His fastball was getting up to around 98MPH, and a ton of movement on all of his pitches.

Daniel Palka, a 30 year old outfielder/ first baseman acquired from the White Sox, hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the lead down to 4-3. Palka has approximately two seasons under his belt, and will likely be in Syracuse for most of the year.

Sean Reid-Foley gave up a couple of runs in the 8th, while I really like this right-hander, it looks like he’ll he starting 2022 in Syracuse.

Mets former second round pick and third base prospect Mark Vientos singled in a run in his only at-bat in the 8th inning, shaving the Cardinals lead down to 5-4.

The Mets gave up another run in the top part of the 9th, and would eventually drop the exhibition contest to the Cardinals, their second loss of the Spring.

The 2-0 Miami Marlins will host tomorrow’s exhibition game against the Mets as Max Scherzer is set to take the hill. Unfortunately, the game will not be televised.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Let’s Pretend it Never Happened

The Mets got clobbered 20-2 against the Braves in the second game of the series. Pete Alonso provided the only runs with a first inning 2 run bomb.

Peterson gave it right back and ended up leaving due to right side soreness in the 4th. Peterson overall line wasn’t pretty as he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) over 3 plus innings.

The Mets defense and Sean Reid-Foley didn’t stop the bleeding as he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) while getting just one out.

Szapucki tried to eat innings, but was clearly gassed in the eight. He allowed 6 runs over 3.2 innings in his debut. Albert Almora got the position player pitching assignment, allowing 3 in the innings.

In the end it is just one loss and the Mets have a shot to win the series with deGrom facing Anderson. With a Nats win the Mets lead has shrunk to 2 games.

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