Game Preview: Astros vs Mets

Yesterday was a game the Mets would like to forget as they lost to the Marlins 8-1 after allowing 6 runs between the 7th and 8th inning. For the most part, the offense was silent yesterday except two hits by Dominic Smith raising his average to .433 and his OPS to 1.100 and a double by Rajai Davis. The lineup yesterday was a very much a spring away game despite being midway through spring as a lot of the regular hitters stayed home in St. Lucie. Jacob went 5.0 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. Things really started to fall apart for the Mets when Bashlor got up. He allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in an inning of work.

Today, could easily be the Opening Day Lineup, minus Keon Broxton and with Jacob deGrom hitting. This is the closest lineup the Mets have had yet to a starting lineup, and that’s exciting! We’re only two weeks away!

Mets Lineup:

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

Starting Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard

What To Watch For:

  1. Noah Syndergaard will make his 4th start of spring today. So far he has pitched 8.2 innings allowing 5 runs, 3 earned off 8 hits and 5 walks. His WHIP is high in this small sample size at 1.5 but he also struck out an impressive 14. The Mets pushed Jacob through 5 innings yesterday so we can assume they’ll do the same for Syndergaard today.
  2. Brandon Nimmo is slowly getting back into the rythem of spring. In 26 PA’s he’s now hitting .292/.308/.417
  3. When I’m feeling down, I look at Wilson Ramos’ spring numbers. He’s hitting .364/.417/.500 in 24 PAs. That feels great!
  4. If this was a regular season game and there was a pitcher in the lineup, I disagree with batting Rosario at 8th. His spring numbers agree with that hitting .412/.500/.882 in 20 PAs.
  5. Seth Lugo has quietly put together a nice spring training so far. In 6.2 innings over 5 games he has allowed 4 runs but only 1 earned from 5 hits and a walk while striking out 8. That’s a 1.35 ERA and a 0.9 WHIP

Let’s Go Mets!

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