Spring Training Game Preview: Astros vs Mets

Recapping Yesterday:
Steve Cohen took to twitter yesterday to joke about signing Lindor to a long term deal – which feels like a good sign that something is moving on that front. That overshadowed the Mets game a bit. The good news from the game – David Peterson looked great. He allowed 2 runs from 4 hits and a walk over 6.0 innings. Gsellman and Tarpley behind him did not look great, which is why the Mets lost the game.

Jeff McNeil has had a tough spring. Two days ago he hit his second double of the spring. Last night he hit his third double of the spring. With the season right around the corner, what a time to start to heat up. Dominic Smith smacked a triple, McCann had two hits raising his batting average to .333 and Francisco Lindor had two hits raising his average to .348. Lots of things to be happy about.

What We Are Looking For Today:
The Mets have talked a lot about using an opener to start the game when Lucchesi is scheduled to pitch, and that’s exactly what the plan is today. Jacob Barnes had a terrible first outing this spring. Since then he’s been wonderful. Since his first start he has allowed 2 hits over 4.0 innings with 6 K’s. In his last three starts he has allowed no hits and recorded all of the strikeouts. Let’s see what he does today!

Joey Lucchesi gets his work in after Jacob. In 8.1 innings this year he has allowed 3 runs from 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 11. Small sample size warning – but his WHIP is 0.840 (career WHIP is 1.280). Also scheduled to pitch – Aaron Loup, Trevor May and Jerry Blevins. Loup and May have had terrific springs. Blevins is looking bounce back from a rough outing a couple of days ago.

Let’s Go Mets!

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