Spring Training Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

Recapping Yesterday:
Yesterday was a fun day to be a Mets fan. Dominic Smith continued his late spring heat up hitting two homers and at one point went back to back with Pete Alonso who also hit his 4th homer of the Spring. Francisco Lindor went 3-3 at the plate with a walk raising his OPS to 1.098 in Spring. Kevin Pillar also continued his strong spring with 2 hits. His OPS is sitting at .908. It was a good day to be a fan of the Mets bats.

The real story from yesterday’s game – the Mets were going to mess around with an Opener. Barnes opened the game for the Mets and pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts (his one bad outing was his first outing and now he hasn’t allowed a hit from his third spring outing onwards). Barnes was followed by Lucchesi who allowed a run off a homer, three hits total in 4.2 innings of work, lowering his Spring ERA to 2.77. Jerry Blevins also bounced back with a scoreless outing to close out the game. All around, fun times in Mets land.

What We’re Watching For Today:
We are almost at the regular season! This is the Mets second to last spring training game of the year and the roster is mostly set. Mike Montgomery was invited to Mets camp on an NRI and has an opt out of contract that he can activate starting today. Luis Rojas early this week talked about how Mike is still being evaluated as either a starter or a reliever. He remains one of the few question marks in camp (as in, having a role that isn’t fully determined yet) and when were looking at NRI’s at the start of spring, he did stand out as a veteran player with a strong chance of making the team if there were injuries else where.

So Mike is what we are watching for today. He does he do? Does he stay with the Mets after today? So far he has pitched 4.2 innings over 3 games this Spring allowing 4 hits, 1 unearned run, a walk and struck out 7. He has a small sample size 0.00 ERA and 1.071 WHIP.

Let’s Go Mets!

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