MetsJunkies Recap: Hunter opens the hunt on the Snakes

The Mets take the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Tommy Hunter opening the contest with two hit-less innings on Saturday.

Joey Lucchesi would follow Hunter with 3.1 innings pitched, allowing two hit and an unearned run. He would pitch well enough to earn his first victory of the season.

Jeff McNeil would put the Mets on the board with a two-run home-run, following a Joey Lucchesi walk to lead the third off. The home-run is McNeil’s third of the young season, the second baseman also stole his first bag.

The Mets would score another run in the third as Lindor picked up a walk, then stole second on Merrill Kelly and Carson Kelly. Fortunately for the Mets, the throw would get away and allow Lindor to score. The stolen base counts as Lindor’s first of the campaign.

Lindor would also drive in a run in the seventh, a broken bat blooper in center that would allow Jeff McNeil to cross the plate.

Kevin Pillar might be making his case to stay in the lineup after Nimmo returns as the veteran centerfielder hit a double. Pillar is now batting .345/.367/.621 in his last seven games and is playing above average defensive.

Trevor May picked up his first save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth inning and lowering his ERA to 1.46.

The Mets have Monday off, however will be hosting Matt Harvey and the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday for a two-game set. But not before trying to sweep the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.

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Hunter opts out

Tim Healey is reporting that it’s looking like that veteran right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter has opted out of his deal with the Mets.

Hunter appeared in five games this spring and pitched to a 3.60 ERA. The righty had a 1-1 record in 5.0 innings pitched and struck out three batters, he also held the opposition to a .167 batting average.

Throughout his career, Hunter has posted an ERA of 4.08 in 863.1 innings pitched. However, the Mets have a ton of depth in relief with pitchers like Miguel Castro and Drew Smith, just to name a couple.

A few years ago I would’ve said that Hunter could find a job relatively quick but the truth is that a lot has changed over the years. Good luck to Tommy Hunter!! Unless he’s pitching against us, of course.

MetsJunkies Game Recap: Cardinals 3 – Mets 5

While it got really close towards the ninth, the Mets were able to pull off an impressive victory over the Cardinals. Sam McWilliams would come on to walk three in the ninth, however would find a way to get out of the jam to secure the victory.

Starter Taijuan Walker pitched two inning and gave up two runs while also walking and striking out two. It could’ve been worse, with runners on the corners Albert Almora jr would make a diving grab in right field. While the second run of the game did tag up and score, it could’ve been worse if the ball got by Almora.

While the Mets had seven hits on the day, their first run didn’t come till the seventh inning. In fact, all of their runs ended up coming in the seventh.

Highly touted prospect Ronny Mauricio went 1-1 with 2 RBI’s in the contest with a two-out single. Mallex Smith, who is fighting for a fifth outfield spot, was able to draw a walk as well as steal his first bag of the spring.

The bullpen did it’s thing today. Edwin Diaz, Juerys Familia, Miguel Castro, Tommy Hunter as well as Drew Smith all pitched a scoreless inning along with Sam McWilliams.

Players I Look Forward to this Spring (MILB Deals)

The last of my segment for Players I look Forward to is the MILB Deals. Which are players that I see as a good part of the Mets minor league depth.

Mallex Smith:

The Mets have added some outfield depth on major league deals in Almora and Pillar. The current bench is now fairly set and Mallex Smith isn’t on the projected bench. Still, it’s a good player to have if there is a need. The speedy outfielder is a very good center fielder and provides a lot of speed. His bat is light, but that’s also the case with Almora Jr. If the Mets need an outfielder who can play CF, Smith is the most likely candidate, especially with the Mets DFAing Guillermo Herredia.

Aroldys Vizcaino:

Yes, the former Braves closer is with the Mets this Spring. An under the radar pickup in the beginning of the offseason. Main issue is his health over the last couple of years. He has pitched just 4 innings since 2019. When healthy Vizcaino has been very good. In 2018, he pitched to a 2.11 ERA over 39.1 innings with a 1.17 WHIP. It’s obvious what to look for this spring in the 30 year old righty: Is he healthy?

Tommy Hunter:

A sneaky pickup as Hunter signed a MILB deal not long ago. Hunter had some solid numbers with the Phillies, pitching to a 4.01 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He struck out 25 over 24.2 innings. There is no doubt that Hunter could be part of the Mets pen at some point this season.

Mike Montgomery:

One of my favorite minor league signings is Mike Montgomery. The lefty solidifies the Mets depth for not only a starters role, but also in the pen. He is a perfect example of an all type role pitchers and that gives the Mets some options if there is a need. He wasn’t great with limited innings in 2020 and his 2019 wasn’t great as well (4.95 ERA), but before that he was great in a swing role, which is exactly the role I like the signing for.

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