Strategy Starts: Spring Training Games 28 and 29

With these two games, pitchers started to get their final tuneups in before the season and Randolph started some strategy. Not wanting to have Santana face the Braves and Pedro the Marlins, he moved their games away from the MLB. I don't know if Santana did a minor league game, a sim game, or a throwing session, but I do know that Pedro did 6 shutout innings in a minor league game meaning that over 14 innings pitched in Spring Training he has let in 2 runs. Here are the notes from Tuesday's game:
Beltran 1-2, 2 R, BB, 2B
Casanova 1-3, R, RBI, HR(2)
Pagan (5), Wright (2), Beltran (1) all stole bases.
Niese 4.2 IP, 2H, 2 ER, 6 BB, K
In this game, where the Mets beat the Braves 5-4 (and it always feels good to beat the Braves), Casanova took over the lead for Mets homers this Spring by 2. (On the other side, it feels like the Mets are hitting a lot of doubles). It was good to see Beltran steal a base (good sign for health) and Pagan get his 5th, showing that he can play Randolph's running game.

Yesterday the Mets lost to the Marlins by the score of 7-5. One note that you wont see in the box highlights below, is an amazing catch by Beltran where he dove with the ball going over his shoulder basically, once again, another sign of health.
Reyes 1-3, RBI, BB, 2B
Castillo 0-2, R, 3 BB
Wright 1-4, R, 2 RBI, BB
Delgado 2-5, 2 RBI
Molina 2-3, R, .381 BA
Smith 1.0 2H, 3 ER, 6.00 ERA
Heilman 1.0, BB, 0.00 ERA
In this game, Reyes hit his 5th double of the Spring and got his 9th RBI, Wright got his 7th and 8th RBI's in this game. The story of this game was the bullpen that gave up all 7 runs to the Marlins, and in my mind Smith, who is not making this decision easy for Randolph because his spot in the bullpen is his spot to lose. At least Heilman was effective, as he has been all spring.

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