Spring Training Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

Happy deGrom day! Jacob deGrom takes the mound today as the Mets avoid playing a divisional rival team like the Nationals or the Marlins and play the Cardinals instead.

The Mets Scored More Than Three Runs!

The Mets beat the Astros yesterday 7-4 and collected 9 hits. Rene Rivera had a big day going 2-4 and Cordell also collected two hits. Yesterday we noted how Eduardo Nunez has had a good spring despite last year and he continued it yesterday, going 1-3 with a double, raising his average to .321 and his OPS to .851.

Porcello somehow allowed only 2 runs yesterday despite allowing 9 hits as he became the first pitcher to go beyond 4 innings this Spring. Payano had a good outing behind him allowing no runs in 2.0 innings.

Nimmo got hit by a pitch. So yesterday just felt very Mets.

On The Mound Today:

Jacob deGrom has only pitched one official spring training game. In that start he allowed 1 hit and struck out 2 over 3.0 innings. He’s been throwing simulated games and working on a curveball that he rarely uses. In one attempt in his last simulated game, J.D. Davis smacked it out of the park. Outside of that, deGrom seemed to have fun befuddling his teammates with his slider.

After deGrom pitches is when this day gets really interesting. Diaz, Familia and Betances are all listed to go. Diaz is trying to build off his positive outing last time out. Familia is trying to continue his positive spring and Betances is trying to show that he can be healthy and effective. It’s a massive day for the bullpen. Brach will follow them and he has had an under the radar great spring.

The Lineup:

  1. Jeff McNeil
  2. Amed Rosario
  3. Robinson Cano
  4. J.D. Davis
  5. Wilson Ramos
  6. Matt Adams
  7. Jake Marisnick
  8. Ryan Cordell
  9. Jacob deGrom

There’s no DH today! One of our pitchers who rake will be getting his cuts in today. The bench is real interesting though today. Guillorme is listed as he is in open competition now with Nunez for a spot on the roster. Top prospects Gimenez and Mauricio are also both listed as the Mets continue to take an extended look at them, especially at the 18-year old Mauricio who has been impressive against MLB caliber talent this spring.

Let’s Go Mets!

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