Mets Game Recap: Astros 0 Mets 2 (3/2/2021)

The Mets hosted and got their first televised Spring Training game in today against the Houston Astros. Even though we’re just in Spring Training, it’s great to see the Mets pick up a victory.

The story of today’s game for the Mets has to be Jeff McNeil and his early solo bomb in the first inning. Not only was it the first HR of the Spring for the Mets, but it also counts as the first run scored.

Centerfielder Albert Almora also crushed a solo-shot in the fifth to pad on an extra run, making it 2-0.

Let’s not forget the tremendous efforts put forward by both Marcus Stroman as well as Jordan Yamamoto. Both pitchers combined to toss four scoreless innings to start the game off. While Stroman has a spot in the Mets rotation, Yamamoto seems prepared to battle for a spot.

Newly acquired catcher James McCann threw out Freudis Nova as he attempted to swipe second, as well. The “strike em out, throw em out” double play would end the inning for the Astros, killing any kind of rally.

Sam McWilliams started off the seventh by allowing the first two runners to reach base. However, the huge standing McWilliams closed out the game and picked up the save.

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Almora crushes HR

Almora took a belt-high fastball and absolutely crushed it, driving it over the left field wall. This is Almora’s first HR of the Spring and is currently fighting for a fifth OF spot on the Mets 26-man roster.

While it’s likely that Almora will start the season in Syracuse, this HR is nothing but great signs of formidable depth.

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Betances activated

Reliever Dellin Betances has been activated from off of the IL and have optioned Cory Oswalt back down to the Brooklyn training facility.

Betances has only appeared in 13 games while posting a 6.10 ERA and has struck out eight in just 10.1 innings.

Cory Oswalt has been having his best season, so far. The 27-year old right hander has a 4.85 ERA in 4 games and 13 innings pitched.

This whole 60-game season has just been unbearable to watch however there’s just five games left, so get your baseball in!!

Also read: Mets need Noah Syndergaard to contribute big upon return

Comment on who you liked watching this 2020 season and what you’re looking forward to this off-season.

Eduardo Perez responds to Carlos Beltran

Former New York Mets managerial candidate Eduardo Perez took to the “Twittersphere” to respond to the hiring of Carlos Beltran.

Rumors are that the Mets would have preferred to have held the news till Monday however sources leaked the information on Friday. Perez had tweeted the following directly after the news broke…

“I would like to thank the #Mets for the incredible opportunity to have interviewed for the managerial position. That being said, I am even prouder that @CarlosBeltran15 is going to be the next manager of the @Mets. Estoy #orgulloso de nuestra bandera!🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷”

Dotel & Castillo cleared of drug trafficking

Updated on August 30th: Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo have been cleared of all drug trafficking charges.

Dotel’s lawyer had this to say to ESPN Deportes, “The authorities owe a public explanation to Octavio Dotel” after being arrested and having multiple cars seized. However, authorities did find an illegal firearm and is still currently facing that charge.

Dotel’s lawyer had this comment on in regards to the firearm, “About the firearm that was seized in one of his vehicles, we have the documentation that proves that it is not illegal and we will present it in the court in a timely manner.”

Both players were originally charged with being part of a drug trafficking ring as part of a powerful gang.

Former New York Mets pitcher Octavio Dotel as well as former second baseman Luis Castillo were in the Dominican Republic as part of what the Office of the Attorney General called the “largest operation against organized crime” in the country. There are no details yet as to why Castillo and Dotel themselves were arrested.

Authorities claim that both former MLB players were apart of a powerful gang.

Source: Diario Libre