Spring Training Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

By now you’ve probably heard about the homer Pete Alonso hit yesterday. If you haven’t: it was his third of the spring, it went over the Green Monster South, it landed outside the ballpark, it was super impressive.

Yesterday’s Spring Training game just felt good for the Mets. They won 10-2 off 15 hits against the Red Sox with two hit performances by Nimmo, Alonso, JD Davis (actually 3 hits), Liriano and Guillorme (who continues to have an excellent spring, OPS is now at 1.187). Wheeler shut the Red Sox down for 4.0 innings only allowing a hit, Bashlor did the same thing for 2.0 innings behind him, and Rhame did the same thing for 1.0 innings behind him. Then there is Tim Peterson who is quietly having a dominant spring allowing no runs, no hits and a walk through 4.1 innings with 6 strikeouts. Things looked good for the Mets. Let’s see if they keep looking good today:

Mets Lineup:

  1. Brandon Nimmo (LF)
  2. Jeff McNeil (3B)
  3. Robinson Cano (1B)
  4. Michael Conforto (RF)
  5. Wilson Ramos (C)
  6. Pete Alonso (DH)
  7. Dominic Smith (1B)
  8. Juan Lagares (CF)
  9. Amed Rosario (SS)

Starting Pitcher: Steven Matz

Things To Watch For:

  1. A couple of days ago the Mets said they would start to split Jeff McNeil’s time in the outfield and in the infield and we see that today with Jeff getting a start at third base.
  2. In two starts and 4.2 innings this spring, Matz has allowed 8 hits and 5 runs leading to a WHIP of 2.143 and an ERA of 9.64. Obviously small sample size. If he follows the trend from other starters this week, goal will be to get him about 4.0 innings of work today.
  3. In 19 PA’s across 7 games Ramos has hit .444/.474/.611. It’s just nice to read a line like that from a catcher.
  4. With all of the NRI’s competing for time in the infield and Amed getting hit by a pitch on his hand, Amed has only been in 5 games this spring. During those 5 he has come up to the plate 15 times and has a .462/.533/.846 line.
  5. Edwin Diaz is listed as available today. In his three spring games he has pitched 3.0 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3.

Let’s Go Mets!

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