MetsJunkies Recap: Robbie Cano, Way to Go!

The Mets beat the Marlins yesterday with a 8-4 final score. The Mets collected 15 hits, including a 4 hit game from Robinson Cano. Cano went 4 for 4 with a double, 2 runs scored and a RBI.

Other solid performances came from Starling Marte (2-4, R, 2RBI, 2B, BB), Pete Alonso (2-4, 2 2B, 2R), Tomas Nido (3-4, RBI, R) and Eduardo Escobar (1-4, HR, R, RBI)

The offense was just enough for Chris Bassitt as he struggled over his 5 innings of work. Bassitt allowed 2 homeruns and 4 runs overall, getting hit charged for 3 in the 4th. Bassitt bounced back with a good 5th to end on a high note in his final tune up. Bassitt struck out 6, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks.

Bassitt was relieved by Chasen Shreve, who kept his fabulous spring going with another hitless inning. Shreve has now pitched 4 hitless innings with just one walk and 6 strikeouts this spring. He will most likely make the team as a lefty reliever with newly acquired Joely Rodriguez.

Trevor Williams finished it off with 3 scoreless frames of his own. Williams allowed three hits and worked out of a bases loaded gem in the ninth, but got the job done. He also got help from a fine diving catch from Jaylen Palmer in center.

Today the Mets will face the Astros at Palm Beach as Carlos Carrasco gets the start for his final tune up. The game will start at 12.05PM and can be watched on MLB.tv (Houston feed)

Photo Credit: New York Post

MetsJunkies Recap: Bassitt Shines

The Mets played the Marlins yesterday with Chris Bassitt making his unofficial Mets debut. The newly acquired righty pitched well, going 4.2 scoreless frames. Bassitt allowed just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 3.

That was the start of a Mets shutout, as the Mets beat the Marlins 10-0. Eric Orze got the final out of the 5th. Felix Pena followed with 2 scoreless frames and Chasen Shreve kept his strong bid for the opening day roster going with a perfect frame and 2 strikeouts. Sean Reid-Foley finished it off with a scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit with 2 K’s of his own.

The Mets offense got the better of Major League arms Pablo Lopez and Zack Pop. The Mets got 4 runs against the Marlins starter and added 4 against the Marlins righty reliever. Francisco Lindor homered yet again as he hit a 2 run homerun against Lopez in a 2 for 2 day with 4 RBI’s

Lindor didn’t just hit, he also made a sparkling defensive gem to get an out. He ranged far to his left to help Bassitt get the out. Impressive play by the star shortstop, who has been terrific.

Lindor wasn’t the only Mets player who had a terrific day. Nimmo went yard in a 2 for 5 day. McNeil and Dom both collected 2 hits. Marte and McCann drove in a run and the Mets overall collected 15 hits with 7 extra base hits (Lindor 2, McNeil, Dom, Nimmo, Marte and McCann).

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Astros at Glover Park with Carlos Carrasco getting the start for the Mets. It will be televised on SNY, starting at 6.10pm.

Photo Credit: New York Post Sports

Mets Recap: Scherzer Gets Spring Training deGrom Treatment

The Mets got shutout by the Marlins 3-0, dropping their Spring record to 1-2. Main plus was the strong outing from Max Scherzer, who went 5 innings of one run ball in his first outing.

Max velo started out lower but he dialed it up later in his outing. Scherzer threw just 72 pitches (55 strikes) over his 5 innings. Max struck out 5, allowed 3 hits and walked none. Impressive to see in his first outing of spring.

Jose Butto came into the sixth in relief of Scherzer. Butto could be an important depth piece for the Mets as the young righty is placed on the 40 man roster. Butto started with a strong 6th but allowed 2 unearned runs in the seventh (hit and a walk in that inning). Butto went 1.1 innings allowing those 2 unearned runs before Eric Orze came in.

Eric Orze allowed the third run to score, but limited the damage going 0.2 innings. Orze is also an arm to keep an eye on and likely to make his major league debut soon.

The last Mets pitcher to pitch was Colin Holderman, who was absolutely filthy in his outing. Holderman struck out 3, allowing one hit in his inning of work. He demonstrated filthy sliders with 99mph sinkers. Also an arm to keep an eye on in the Mets system.

On the offensive side, the Mets collected just 2 hits. Luis Guillorme doubled and Jake Mangum singled. Let’s hope that won’t be a theme. Early spring with lots of inregulars in the lineup, I am not worried jet.

Today the Mets will play the Astros at Clover Park. The game will start at 6.10pm with Jacob deGrom facing Jake Odorizzi.

Photo Credit: SNY

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets fall to the Fish in the ninth

Saturday’s game didn’t feature much offense from either time, as a matter of fact, we didn’t see the first run of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning. However, when the bats are silent, we’re at least in the midst of a good pitching matchup.

Joey Lucchesi hit the hill and tossed four scoreless, one- hit innings in just an amazing 43 pitches. While some may question the decision of manager Luis Rojas, Lucchesi himself has acknowledged that he needs to be more consistent in his outings.

My guy Sean Reid-Foley also took the mound and while he gave up a run, he’s still pitching at a high level of intensity. The right-hander whom was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season now has an ERA of 1.54 for the Mets.

Offensively, there’s not really much to say for the Mets here. Dom Smith went 1-4 on the afternoon, however his one hit was a big one as it not only put the Mets on the board, it tied the game in the eighth.

Unfortunately in the bottom part of the ninth inning, Drew Smith would give up two hits. One of these hits being the big blow via a walk-off two-run home run by Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper.

The Mets (21-18) and Marlins (21-24) will meet again tomorrow afternoon in the rubber-match between the two NL East competitors.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Win Thriller in Miami

The Mets beat the Marlins 6-5 after a 12 inning thriller. Huge hits from Khalil Lee and Johneswhy Fargas scored three runs in the top of the 12th. Loup made it dicy in the bottom of the frame, but got a huge double play. Barnes got Duvall to get the save.

Stroman got the start and was terrific over 6 plus innings, allowing 2 runs. Castro allowed a game tying two run homerun to Cooper in the seventh. The Mets scored two in the first after a Lindor hit, who later scored on an error. The Mets added another on a RBI double from Nido in the fourth.

After the seventh is was a game of missed opportunities. The bullpen got big outs in numerous situations. May pitched out of a bases loaded situation, Familia Diaz and Smith left runners in scoring position to keep the game going.

Tomas Nido also had a big game with a RBI Double and he caught two runners trying to steal! A huge 12th with Lee and Fargas big hits, was just enough.

The Mets will try to win the series tomorrow against the Marlins. Game will start at 4.10PM

Photo by: Mets Twitter

Stroman Fires Shots

While taking the field in terrible conditions today, it was clear that Stroman as well as others, were disappointed and confused to continue. From a fans standpoint, it was just as confusing.

However, Stroman took to Twitter just minutes after the game was delayed to voice his frustrations.

It’s pretty evident that the game should’ve been stopped sooner than it already did and players were not happy, rightly so.

Photo via Marcus Stroman

Saturday’s Pitching Preview 4/10

After a game in which the Mets won (controversially) by coming back in their half of the ninth inning, the team is well-rested and ready to go. Of course the Mets would love to start their first winning streak of the year, and I’m sure they’d just as much love to get deGrom a win.

On route to claim his third Cy Young award, deGrom started the year in stellar fashion. Against the Phillies, he tossed six innings in which he struck out seven and of course, getting the no-decision.

The Miami Marlins will have lefty Trevor Rogers on the mound, making just the ninth start of his career. Rogers threw four innings against the St. Louis Cardinals and gave up two hits and two earned runs, getting stuck with the loss.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as being featured as the free game on the MLB app.

Mets send down Yamamoto

Jordan Yamamoto has been sent down to MiLB camp today. The Hawaiian born right-hander had an impressive spring as he was in competition for a spot in the rotation.

Although he’s only pitched in three games, he does owns a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched while also having struck out five. Even though the former second-round pick doesn’t have an overwhelming fastball, he does know how to work his secondary pitches really well.

With this move, it looks like the Mets will utilize a rotation with two lefties included. The first being David Peterson and the latter being the newly acquired Joey Lucchesi.

While it was pretty much expected that Peterson would have a job on the MLB club, Lucchesi may come as a surprise to some. However, it probably won’t come as too much as a surprise.

This spring Lucchesi appeared in three games and has pitched to a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched. While these numbers may not be a good as Yamamoto’s, it’s important to point out the Lucchesi has gotten batters to swing and miss more often.

The Mets may choose to skip Lucchesi’s first start of the season, being that there’s two days off within the first 10 days. This will give the Mets a fresh arm to use a couple of weeks later while not pushing the limitations of the starters in the rotation.

With everything said and done, we’ll see a healthy portion of Jordan Yamamoto this year. The right-hander has a ton of talent and knows how to put an incredible amount of movement on his pitches.

MetsJunkies Game Recap: Davis/Lindor Shine in Mets Victory

The Mets beat the Marlins 5-3 in a Tuesday afternoon game. Davis shined with the bat and in the field, as he made a sparkling stop to get a force out (should have been a DP, but Pete came of the bag).

Pitching Lines:

Marcus Stroman: 5IP, 9H, 3ER, 0BB, 3K. 3.44 ERA

Jacob Barnes: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. 5.40 ERA

Aaron Loup: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K. 3.18 ERA

Trevor May: IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K. 3.00 ERA

Tommy Hunter: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K. 3.60 ERA

Stroman wasn’t at his best but still got the job done. His slider has been practically good this spring with a 42% Whiff rate. 6.8% higher than in 2019.

Jacob Barnes made a big statement to make the pen as he came in with 2 on and no out, to keep the Marlins off the board.

Aaron Loup struck out the side and now has 9 strikeouts in 5.2 innings this spring.

Offensive Stars of the game:

Francisco Lindor: 3-4, HR, 2B, 2RBI, 2R

J.D. Davis: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, K

Kevin Pillar: 2-4, 3B, R

Francisco Lindor is red hot. Over his last 6 games he is hitting .476 with 4 homeruns and 11 RBI’s, good for a .1.617 OPS.

J.D. Davis collected his first homerun of the spring. Good to see JD, drive a ball as his launch angle dropped significantly in 2020.

Today the Mets will face the Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals jet again. The Mets will give Taijuan Walker the start. You can watch it on MLB.tv as the Cardinals will broadcast the game. Game time 1.05EST

Photo by: Kyle Paul from New York Mets Country

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview

The Miami Marlins have been playing well this Spring as they’re 10-4 before Tuesday’s matchup against the Mets. The Mets will host the Marlins with just about a week of Spring Training left with Marcus Stroman on the bump.

While Stroman seems to always garnish some criticism on the internet, he’s been nothing short of great this spring. In 13.1 innings pitched, Stroman has posted a 2.70 ERA with 14 strikeouts while owning a 1-0 record in four games.

The Marlins will send lefty Daniel Castano to the hill to make his fourth appearance. Castano owns a 4.05 ERA in 6.2 innings and only has three K’s, so far. While these numbers don’t look good, the left-hander was 1-2 in 2020 with an ERA of 3.03 in 29.2 innings pitched.

Tomorrow’s game will be aired on MLB Network as well as SNY with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM EST.