Spring Training Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

Happy Saturday! Today might be the last day for a while you see a starting pitcher for the Mets in a major league game. Yesterday we discussed how often the Mets are playing the Marlins and Nationals over the next week, so in response, as they do every year around this point, the rotation starting with deGrom tomorrow will be doing their final tuneup in “B” games on the backfield.

But that’s all for tomorrow! Today is Jason Vargas day! which is weird to say positively! More on that after the lineup:

Mets Lineup:

  1. Jeff McNeil (LF)
  2. Pete Alonso (1B)
  3. Robinson Cano (2B)
  4. Michael Conforto (RF)
  5. JD Davis (3B)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud (C)
  7. Amed Rosario (SS)
  8. Juan Lagares (CF)
  9. Jason Vargas (P)

Starting Pitcher: Jason Vargas

Things To Watch For:

  1. Jason Vargas makes his 4th start of the spring and so far he’s been fantastic. In his first three games of Spring he has allowed 1 run over 8.1 innings with 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. More of this please!
  2. Travis d’Arnaud continues to work his way back with another day behind the plate. I wonder if we’ll start to see him, Mesoraco and Wilson split time between the A and B games to catch the regulars.
  3. The Mets are back to giving Jeff McNeil reps in the outfield. He’s probably still the opening day third basemen. JD Davis is getting the start at third today as he tries to push his way onto the roster. In 45 PAs this spring he’s hitting .286/.333/.429.
  4. If Jeff McNeil is the starting third basemen, then Juan Lagares will be starting in the outfield. In order for this to be the situation, he will need to outhit JD Davis to force McNeil to the infield. Right now he’s not doing that. Lagares in 40 PAs he is hitting .184/.205/.237. Alternatively, he would need to outhit Keon Broxton who is hitting .273/.467/.318 over 31 PAs.
  5. In case you forgot, Pete Alonso is having a great spring. In 43 PAs he’s hitting .375/.419/.700.

Let’s Go Mets!

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