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Lineups: Tigers vs. Mets 1:10 pm et.


New York Mets (56-54):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) DH
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS

SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (7-5, 2.41 ERA)

Detroit Tigers (60-49):

1. Tyler Collins (L) CF
2. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
6. Justin Upton (R) LF
7. Casey McGehee (R) 3B
8. James McCann (R) C
9. Andrew Romine (S) 2B

SP: Anibal Sanchez RHP (6-11, 6.26 ERA)

Today’s game will be broadcast on SNY.


Lineups: Mets vs. Tigers 7:10 pm et.


New York Mets (56-53):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Ty Kelly (S) LF
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
8. Rene Rivera (R) DH
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS

SP: Logan Verrett RHP (3-6, 4.20 ERA)

Detroit Tigers (60-49):

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Tyler Collins (L) CF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
7. Justin Upton (R) LF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS

SP: Matt Boyd LHP (2-2, 4.71 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Tigers 7:10 pm et.


New York Mets (56-52):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) DH
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
7. Brandon Nimmo (L) LF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (9-5, 2.48 ERA)

Detroit Tigers (59-49):

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Tyler Collins (L) CF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
7. Justin Upton (R) LF
8. James McCann (R) C
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS

SP: Justin Verlander RHP (11-6, 3.54 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

METS-TIGERS NOTES: The Mets scored 32 runs in a three- game series during their last trip to Detroit (June 28-30, 2011).

SPLITS: The Mets are 9-11 since the All-Star break… The Mets are 27-26 on the road this year.

INTERLEAGUE: The Mets are 8-6 vs. the American League this year (2-2 vs. Yankees, 3-1 vs. Kansas City, 2-1 vs. Cleveland and 1-2 vs. the White Sox)…Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 174-162 (.518)…The .518 winning percentage in Interleague play is the best all-time among NL clubs.

HOLD IT RIGHT THERE: Addison Reed is tied for first in the majors with 27 holds…Reed set the single-season franchise record for holds last night at Yankee Stadium with his 27th… Aaron Heilman had 26 in 2006…Reed has the sixth-lowest ERA (1.93) among NL relievers (min. 40 innings)…He has posted a 1.38 ERA (six earned runs/39.0 innings) since May 1.

FIRST HOMERS AGAINST YANKS: Jay Bruce became the second Mets player whose first hit with the team was a home run against the Yankees…Shawn Estes’ first hit with the Mets was a homer off Roger Clemens at Shea Stadium on June 15, 2002.

FOUR OR MORE: The Mets have scored four or more runs in five straight games…It’s tied for the second-longest such stretch this season…New York scored four or more runs in eight consecutive games from April 15-23.

THOR VS. TIGERS: Has never faced the Tigers in his career…Has only faced Cameron Maybin and Justin Upton, holding them both without a hit in eight at-bats combined…Has struck out Upton in four of his six at-bats.

METS VS. VERLANDER: In two career starts Justin Verlander holds a career 1-1 record with a 6.00 ERA… He has struck out eight and walked five in 9 innings pitched…Notable numbers against Verlander are posted below…

  • James Loney: .429 (3-7), 1 RBI
  • Jay Bruce: .333 (1-3), 1 2B, 2 K
  • Curtis Granderson: .222 (4-18), 1 HR, 2 2B
  • Alejandro de Aza: .216 (8-37), 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Neil Walker: .167 (2-12), 1 2B, 1 3B
  • Rene Rivera: .000 (0-4), 1 BB, 3 K
  • Kelly Johnson: .000 (0-14), 6 K

Former Mets News & Notes


  • Former Mets pitcher Matt Bowman is now slated to make the St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day roster due to reliever Jordan Walden battling a shoulder issue. Bowman was selected by the Cardinals in this past December’s Rule 5 Draft, and had been highly questionable to make the Opening Day roster until Walden’s latest shoulder setback. Bowman is required to be on the Cardinals 25-man roster for the entire 2016 season or be returned to the Mets, unless a trade is able to be worked out. Bowman can’t be put on the disabled list until he has been an active roster member for 90 days. The 25-year old right-hander holds a 7.88 ERA in 8 innings pitched this spring, and is ranked as the Cardinals 21st best prospect by MLB.com.
  • Former Mets closer Bobby Parnell who had been released by the Tigers earlier in the week, has agreed to a minor league deal to stay with the Tigers. Parnell will report to Triple-A Toledo with the hope of receiving a call-up later this season. Parnell had an 8.68 ERA this spring in 9.1 innings pitched, but has been clocked as high as 96 mph in Grapefruit League action. The Tigers believe if Parnell can get better command of his pitches he could pitch for them at the big league level this season.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi had stated on air during today’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, that former Mets right-handed pitching prospect Luis Cessa has made the team out of Spring Training. Cessa was originally included with right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers, in the Yoenis Cespedes trade at last year’s Trade Deadline. Cessa was then traded by the Tigers this offseason to the Yankees for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson. Cessa will pitch out of the bullpen for the Yankees, and has a 2.70 in 10 innings pitched.

Former Met Bobby Parnell released…


Former Mets right-handed pitcher Bobby Parnell was one of many cuts made by the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. Parnell was given an unconditional release and is free to sign with any team. Parnell originally signed a Minor League deal with Detroit in the offseason, after he struggled in his return to the Mets bullpen last season.

Parnell struggled this spring with the Tigers allowing 15 hits and 9 earned runs over 15.1 innings. Parnell’s fate was sealed when he allowed five runs to the Blue Jays last Tuesday, while only retiring one batter. The good news for Parnell is that his velocity seems to be returning but he is going to be hard-pressed to find a Major League deal. Parnell could benefit pitching in the minors for a couple of months before getting another crack at the Majors later this season.

Final: Tigers 9 – Mets 2


The Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Mets this afternoon by the final score of 9-2. For a full box score recap follow the link below…


Game Notes:

  • Wilmer Flores had a perfect day at the plate going 3-3 with 2 runs scored.
  • Kevin Plawecki was 2-4 with an RBI single in the top of the 2nd.
  • Alejandro De Aza was 1-2 with with an RBI.
  • Johnny Monell was 2-3 with a double.
  • With deGrom not making the trip, starting pitcher Seth Lugo pitched 2 scoreless innings allowing no hits, 1 BB, and 2 K’s.
  • Hansel Robles was roughed up in an inning of work allowing 2 ER, on 3 hits, with 1 K.

Wilmer Flores had a great day at the plate and seems to have sky high confidence in his abilities right now. Flores is going to be a big part of this team’s success this season, and the start he has gotten off to only helps his confidence and the team’s confidence in him as well. Flores is hitting an astounding .556 this spring. Matt Reynolds did not have the best day in the field as he committed an error and had double clutched on a ground ball hit by Justin Upton in the fourth that allowed a run to score, as Upton was ruled safe at first. It’s not the kind of showing Reynolds wants to have as he is battling for a roster spot with Asdrubal Cabrera on the shelf. Seth Lugo worked out of trouble and came out unscathed in the 2nd inning when the bases were loaded due to a Matt Reynolds error, and a walk. Lugo may be called upon from AAA this season to help out when a need arises with the big league club, due to the success he has had this spring. Hansel Robles got burned by a 2-run homer by J.D. Martinez in the bottom of the fifth. Robles has had a good spring so far, so view this outing as just a blip at this point.

  • The Mets travel to Jupiter tommrrow to face the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium with a 1:05 pm et first pitch. The game will not be televised, but the game can be heard on the Marlins Radio Network if you have an MLB.tv Premium subscription.
  • Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to make his second start of the season, against Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino. Also scheduled to pitch for the Mets include, LHP Antonio Bastardo, LHP Jerry Blevins, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Jim Henderson, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Sean Gilmartin, and RHP Logan Verrett.

Mets vs. Tigers Lineups 1:05 pm et



1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
7. Kevin Plawecki (R) DH
8. Johnny Monell (L) C
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS

SP: Seth Lugo RHP


1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Justin Upton (R) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
6. James McCann (R) C
7. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
8. Andrew Romine (S) 3B
9. Anthony Gose (L) CF

SP: Daniel Norris LHP

  • Today’s game will not be televised but can be heard on WOR 710 AM.

Game Notes:

Available Pitchers for both squads:

METS: RHP Seth Lugo, LHP Sean Gilmartin, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Zack Thornton

TIGERS: LHP Daniel Norris, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Mark Lowe, LHP Justin Wilson

RHP SETH LUGO: Makes his first start of the Spring today in Lakeland vs. the Tigers…Has not allowed a run in two appearances (3.0 innings) during Grapefruit League play…Has allowed one hit with one walk and three strikeouts combined…

ALEJANDRO DE AZA: Was 1-3 on Sunday and is in today’s lineup.. Is batting .421 (8-19) with three doubles and six runs scored in eight games this Spring…

TRAVIS TAIJERON: Is on today’s travel roster…Is batting .421 (8-19) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, 10 RBI and five runs scored in 10 games this Spring…His .789 slugging percentage and his .421 batting average are third-best in the Grapefruit League entering play today…He also ranks among Grapefruit League in RBI (10, tied for second), and on-base percentage (.478, fifth).

VS. DETROIT: Today’s game is the second, and final, Grapefruit League game versus Detroit…The Mets beat the Tigers in a split squad game in Port St. Lucie, 7-3, on March 7.

A Deeper Look into Mets Killers…

2857d06924a8a47900d659d754af84f4.jpgThere are certain players that I have not grown fond of the Mets facing over the past several seasons, and I tend to call them Mets killers. These individual players are always having success against the Mets no matter how their individual season is going. What is even more frustrating is for the life of me I can’t figure out ways to get them out sometimes or I know the inevitable is about to happen in a high leverage situation. I listed some notable Mets killers on the season schedule this season that the Mets will be facing. I have provided stats for each player against the Mets and how those statistics translate to other teams in the league. To qualify for the list each player has to have played in at least 20 games against the Mets, and some teams have multiple players included on the list. Pictured is the all-time Met killer Chipper Jones, because nobody would be more appropriate to headline this article, right? Continue reading

Final: Mets 7 – Tigers 3


The Mets defeated the Detroit Tigers at Tradition Field this afternoon by the final score of 7 to 3. A full box score recap is provided at the link below…


Game Notes:

  • Lucas Duda had a day at the plate going 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBI.
  • Neil Walker (pictured) hit his first home run in a Mets uniform with a solo shot in the bottom half of the fourth.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-3 this afternoon with a 2-run single in the bottom of the third.
  • Yoenis Cespedes had his second RBI of the spring with his RBI single in the bottom of the third.
  • Bartolo Colon pitched 3 innings allowing 4 hits on 1 ER and 2 K’s.
  • Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect frame with 2 K’s.


The Mets got a lot of help today from their projected starters offensively. Lucas Duda swung the bat exceptionally well, as his lone out was also hit very hard. It was nice to see Neil Walker get his first home run in a Mets uniform this spring when he belted a shot to right field in the bottom of the 4th. Both Duda and Walker’s current batting average’s sit at .375. Bartolo Colon had a tough first inning as he allowed a leadoff triple to Anthony Gose and an RBI single shortly after to Casey McGehee. He was pitching from the stretch the rest of the inning but seemed to get it under control as the inning wore on. After laboring through the first inning Colon seemed to find his grove and pitched a solid 2 innings thereafter. Wilmer Flores made some nice plays defensively at third base this afternoon, and I believe he is comfortable enough at that position to ease everyone’s worries. Watching Jeurys Familia pitch is such a thing of beauty. He is so smooth with his mechanics and he looked untouchable this afternoon with the way he was pitching. With a better bullpen to bridge the gap this season, it would not shock me if Familia approached 50 saves.