Spring Training Game Preview: Astros vs Mets

Recapping Yesterday:
Yesterday was another great day for the Mets as they beat the Nationals 9-7. Jacob deGrom allowed 3 hits and walked 2 batters in 4.2 innings of work while striking out 5. For a third time this spring, he didn’t allow any runs and he lowered his Spring ERA to 0.66. He’s just having a tremendous spring.

He was followed by more good news. Miguel Castro finished off his 5th inning and struck out his only batter, keeping his 0.00 ERA. Diaz had another perfect spring training inning, keeping his 0.00 ERA. Betances finally had a perfect inning! Lowering his ERA to 10.80.

The action at the plate ended up stealing the show from deGrom. Dominic Smith hit a double in his return to the lineup. Conforto went 1-5, but his one hit was a homer. Lindor went 1-5, but his one hit was a homer – he’s just been scorching the ball as of late.

What We’re Watching For Today:
The Mets are continuing to look at back end rotation candidates and today’s starter has an easier path to the rotation right now. Joey Lucchesi will make his 3rd appearance this spring. In 5.0 innings this year he has allowed no runs, no hits an has struck out 7 – pretty great.

A couple of long shots for the rotation are scheduled to pitch too: Jared Eickhoff, Mike Montgomery and Tommy Hunter. Eickhoff’s spring line hasn’t been tremendously pretty – in his one outing he allowed 4 runs from 4 hits (including a homer) over 2.0 innings. This will be Mike’s third outing and so far he has allowed 1 unearned run over 2.2 innings from 2 hits and a walk while striking out 5. He’s had the best spring out of the three pitchers in this paragraph. Tommy Hunter has seen the most action in Spring, but only for one inning each time. In 4 games and 4.0 innings he has allowed 2 runs from 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3.

Let’s Go Mets!

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