The fell behind in the 3rd inning yesterday and could never catch up. Joey Lucchesi held the Astros scoreless through the first two innings and then allowed 3 runs in the third, making it his worst outing of the spring. The Mets would claw back throughout the game but ultimately fell short.
The biggest offensive moment for the Mets came from Almora who hit a three run homer in the top of the 8th inning putting the Mets within in one run. Outside of that, Tovar was the only other player to have a tremendously positive day, picking of 2 hits. Jon Villar went 1-4 and got a walk, a .400 OBP that moved his OPS up just slightly to .435 (rough spring). Jose Peraza got an extended look with 4 trips to the plate but didn’t do anything with it, dropping his OPS to .374.
Eickhoff and Montgomery were also auditioning yesterday for an outside chance to make the rotation. Eickhoff allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over 2.0 innings, lowering his ERA to 11.25. Honestly, it should have been worse as he got someone to hit into a triple play. Montgomery continued to pitch well. He scattered 2 hits and 2 strikeouts in 2.0 innings, keeping his spring ERA at 0.
What We’re Watching For Today:
Were only a week and a half away from Opening Day! The big outing of the day belongs to Marcus Stroman. In 4 games and 13.1 innings this year, Stroman has allowed 4 runs from 9 hits while striking out 14. That translates into a 2.70 ERA and a 0.825 WHIP. We’re looking forward to another afternoon of watching Stroman pitch!
Lefty Aaron Loup is also scheduled to pitch today. In 5 games and 4.2 innings he has allowed 3 runs, 2 earned from 5 hits and no walks while striking out 6. Leading to an ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.071. The lefty situation for the Mets was a question mark most of the off-season as the Mets missed out on several lefties. As a nice surprise in camp, homegrown player Daniel Zamora has been terrific over 5 games and 4.2 innings allowing no runs from 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3.
Let’s Go Mets!