Category: Boston Red Sox

Is Rick Porcello The Missing Piece?

 

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For the most part over the past couple of seasons, the Mets have struggled to get consistent results from the 5th spot in their starting rotation. With the likes of Jason Vargas, Chris Flexen, Wilmer Font, Corey Oswalt, among others, the back end of the Mets rotation has yielded disapointing results. Enter Rick Porcello, who not only grew up a Mets fan, but who looks to slide into the 5th spot of the Mets starting rotation. Continue reading

Final Red Sox 4 – Mets 1

 

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Mets this afternoon by the final score of 4-1 at JetBlue Park. For a full box score recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Logan Verrett pitched 4 solid innings this afternoon only allowing 2 hits, no runs, no walks, and 2 strikeouts. His ERA this spring sits at 0.90.
  • Erik Goeddel made his first Grapefruit League appearance of the spring and pitched one inning, allowing three hits, and a 2-run home run to Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
  • Matt Reynolds was 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares were a combined 0-6. Lagares struck out 3 times in 3 plate appearances this afternoon.

It was a fairly ho-hum day in Ft. Myers this afternoon, as the Mets sent much of their reserves to face many of the Red Sox regulars. The good news is Erik Goeddel made his first relief appearance of the spring, even though the results weren’t exactly what he was expecting. Goeddel will now battle with Jim Henderson over the next week and a half for a spot in the Mets Opening Day bullpen. 

Mets (ss) vs. Red Sox Lineups 1:05 pm et.

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Mets:

1. Juan Lagares (R) CF
2. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
3. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
4. Johnny Monell (L) C
5. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
6. Kevin Plawecki (R) DH
7. Travis Taijeron (R) RF
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
9. Patrick Biondi (L) LF

SP: Logan Verrett RHP

Red Sox:

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
4. David Ortiz (L) DH
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
7. Brock Holt (L) LF
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF

SP: Joe Kelly RHP

  • Today’s game will not be televised or broadcasted on radio.

Final: Red Sox 9 – Mets 4

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Mets this afternoon by the final score of 9-4 at Tradition Field. For a full box score recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Noah Syndergaard pitched 5 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), with 5 strikeouts.
  • David Wright was 1-3 with an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 1-3 and is hitting .370 this spring.
  • Juan Lagares who got the start in left field again was 0-1 with 2 BB’s and scored a run by stealing home on a double steal.
  • Matt Reynolds was 1-3 with 2 runs scored.

Noah Syndergaard was absolutely filthy this afternoon as his fastball was constantly hitting the upper 90’s and his off-speed pitches including his curveball were all working. Syndergaard just looks poised for a big sophomore campaign, and while the Mets rotation is littered with aces, it’s tough not to argue that he may possess the best stuff out of all of them. Juan Lagares was given another start in left field, as Terry Collins has stated he will receive much of his playing time at both corner outfield spots. Lagares made an error in the top of the 4th dropping a ball hit by Travis Shaw that cost the Mets a run. Had Lagares made the catch he would’ve doubled off Xander Bogaerts on second base as he was miles away from the base. It will be a learning process for Lagares learning left field for the rest of the spring, but if anybody can learn a new position in the outfield, I would bet the farm on the Gold Glove winner Lagares. David Wright had a nice game, driving in a run with a sharp hit single in the bottom of the 4th. Wright’s production just adds to an already loaded Mets lineup. If he can play at least between 120-130 games, the Mets easily have a top five offense, as his presence alone deepens their lineup. Wright is expected to get another start tomorrow afternoon, to get in some work on back-to-back days, so how he feels on Tuesday morning will be something to monitor. Antonio Bastardo and Hansel Robles did not have great afternoons. Although Bastardo’s run scored on an error by Alejandro De Aza, he allowed too many baserunners, by starting the inning with back-to-back walks. Robles started his inning with a walk and back-to-back doubles which resulted in two runs. He settled down afterwards by striking out the next three batters. Both of these relievers are expected to have big roles in bridging the gap to Jeurys Familia, and Bastardo’s spring performance is something that continues to be monitored by everyone involved with the Mets. 

  • The New York Mets stay at Tradition Field to host the Miami Marlins tomorrow afternoon with a 1:10 pm et start time. The game can be seen on SNY or MLB.tv.
  • Jacob deGrom will take the hill for the Mets opposing Marlins righty Jared Cosart.

    LHP Sean Gilmartin, RHP Buddy Carlyle, and RHP Zack Thornton are also scheduled to appear for the Mets.

Lineups Red Sox vs. Mets 1:10 pm et

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Red Sox:

1. Brock Holt (L) LF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
4. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
5. Chris Young (R) RF
6. David Murphy (L) DH
7. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
8. Rusney Castillo (R) CF
9. Sam Travis (R) 1B

SP: Heath Hembree RHP

Mets:

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) DH
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Juan Lagares (R) LF
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP

  • Today’s game can be seen on SNY or MLB Network, and heard on WOR 710 AM.

Game Notes:

Avaliable pitchers for both squads:

RED SOX: RHP Heath Hembree, RHP Carlos Marmol, LHP Luis Ysla, and LHP Robby Scott.

METS: RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Hansel Robles, and LHP Jerry Blevins.

 

YESTERDAY’S GAME: The Mets were rained out in Viera vs. Washington.

DAVID WRIGHT: Went 2-3 with two singles Friday night in his first Grapefruit League action of the spring…

RHP NOAH SYNDERGAARD: Will make his third start of Grapefruit League play today…Allowed one earned run over 3.2 innings with three strikeouts in his last start on March 15 at Miami…

NL LEADERS: Wilmer Flores ranks second among all NL players with
a .440 (11-25) batting average this spring…Flores is also tied for second among NL players with a .531 on- base percentage…Eric Campbell is first among all NL players with a .563 on-base percentage…

 

VS. RED SOX: Today’s game is the first of two match-ups between the Mets and Red Sox…New York will travel to Fort Myers on March 24.