The Mets dropped this afternoon’s game 12-4 to the Cardinals behind some pitching struggles of Gorski and Torres who each allowed 4 earned runs in 2 innings of work. Bullpen hopeful Greg Burke also struggled allowing 3 earned runs in 2 innings of work (although I can’t imagine a game situation where Burke would be pitching 2 innings).

On the positive side, the Mets finally flexed some muscle today as the probable Opening Roster catchers (Buck and Recker) both homered and so did Cowgill.

And on the topic of outfielders, when you look at the stats below, this really is anyone’s race to steal. As some players continue to struggle, players like Cowgill, slotted to be a platoon, climb the depth chart. Byrd has been good at the plate this spring as well but had some struggles in the field. Besides these two, the rest of the competition has been dim:

Name AB R H RBI BB K 2B 3B HR SB AVG
Kirk 10 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0.100
Cowgill 7 2 4 3 2 2 2 0 1 2 0.571
Byrd 9 1 4 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0.444
Brown 7 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0.143
Duda 10 1 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0.100
Baxter 10 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0.000
Valdespin 8 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.375
Hoffman 8 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0.125
Thurber 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Clark 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.000
den Dekker 8 2 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0.125
Sabol 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Lagares 9 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.222
Puello 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.250
Harris 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000