The St. Louis Cardinals will make a three-game trip to Citi Field beginning tomorrow to face the New York Mets in a battle that will certainly have ramifications on the Wild Card race. Here are a few things to know ahead of tomorrow’s game. Continue reading
- 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.
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
SP: Bartolo Colon RHP
1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
2. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Matt Adams (L) 1B
5. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
6. Eric Fryer (R) C
7. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Carlos Martinez (R) P
SP: Carlos Martinez
- Today’s game can be seen on MLB.tv or heard on WOR 710 AM this afternoon.
RHP BARTOLO COLON: Is making his fifth start this spring…He tossed 6.0 shutout innings vs. the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on March 23 with six strikeouts…
WRIGHT ON: David Wright hit his first home run of the spring yesterday vs. Washington (Yusmeiro Petit)…He finished 2-4 with two RBI…Wright is hitting .294 (5-17) with three RBI in six spring games.
NL LEADERS: Alejandro De Aza is fourth among all NL players with a .400 (16-40 ) batting average and is fourth in on-base percentage (.479)…Jacob deGrom is first among all qualifying pitchers with a 1.62 ERA…
MATT REYNOLDS: Is 5-for-his-last-8 (.625) over his last three spring games…Overall, Reynolds is hitting .265 (9-34) with two doubles and four RBI in 15 games.
ASDRUBAL CABRERA: Went 3-4 with in a minor league game yesterday…He played 4.0 innings in the field…Cabrera is 7-13 (.538) in three minor league games…He suffered a strained patella tendon of his left knee on March 10.
ON THE ROAD: For the second straight year, the Mets will take every player in camp to their final Grapefruit League road game.
The New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals finished in a 4-all tie at Tradition Field this afternoon by the final score of 5-5. For a full box score recap follow the link below…
- Noah Syndergaard pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs, on 5 hits. He gave up no walks and struck out 9.
- Matt Reynolds was 2-3 with 3 RBI’s.
- Wilmer Flores received his first start of the spring at 1B and went 2-4 including a double, with 2 runs scored.
- Kevin Plawecki was 1-2 with a double, a walk, and 2 runs scored.
- Jerry Blevins, Jim Henderson, and Addison Reed combined to pitch 2 scoreless innings in relief.
- Jeurys Familia who was pitching on back-to-back days, struggled mightily as he blew the save in the 9th inning. He pitched 0.1 inning and allowed 4 hits, 3 runs, and allowed 2 walks.
- David Wright was 0-2 with a walk.
- Former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada received the start at short for the Cardinals, and went 2-3 this afternoon.
First and foremost it was definitely odd seeing Ruben Tejada in another uniform. It’s not as much of an eye sore as seeing Daniel Murphy in a Nationals jersey, but it was still nonetheless weird. On another note, Noah Syndergaard was simply on point again today, as he has been all spring. He was making the Cardinals hitters look silly this afternoon and the ESPN broadcast announcers could not stop gushing at the gas he was throwing from the mound today. Wilmer Flores start at first base went well as he looked to be settled at the position as the game wore on. Keith Hernandez was seen sitting in the dugout with Wilmer before today’s game, which shows Wilmer’s willingness to learn from one of the best. Flores versatility around the diamond provides a great piece for the Mets to keep his bat in the lineup during the season.
Jeurys Familia was completely off this afternoon and charged with the blown save. He entered the game with a 2-run lead and he displayed no command, which in result, kept many of his pitches up in the strike zone. Many of those pitches up in the zone led to hard hit balls, including a home run from Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk. Familia departed after only getting one out, and leaving the bases loaded. Reliever Zack Thornton came into the game, and was able to get an inning-ending double play to put out Familia’s fire. It was a disappointing development watching Familia struggle, as it has been such a rare occurrence and it just leaves another bad taste in your mouth after watching Matt Harvey struggle yesterday. It’s still Spring Training however so I will not lose much sleep over his outing. The Mets rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth to snap their seven game losing streak.
- The Mets head to Disney to face the Atlanta Braves tomorrow afternoon for a 1:05 pm et start time. The game can be seen if you have an MLB.tv subscription or heard on WOR 710 AM.
- Jacob deGrom will take the mound for the Mets against Braves right-hander Bud Norris.
1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
2. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Yadier Molina (R) C
7. Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Michael Wacha (R) P
SP: Michael Wacha RHP
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
6. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P
SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP
- Today’s game can be seen on SNY or ESPN. First pitch is at 1:10 pm et.
Available pitchers for both squads:
CARDINALS: RHP Michael Wacha, RHP Matt Bowman
METS: RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Addison Reed, RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Jerry Blevins
RHP NOAH SYNDERGAARD: Will make his fourth start of Grapefruit League play today…Pitched 5.0 innings and struck out five while allowing one earned run on March 20 vs. Boston..
CURTIS GRANDERSON: Is 5-for-his- last-7 (.714) with two doubles in his last two spring games…Granderson is hitting .323 (10-31) this spring with two doubles, one triple and three RBI.
JEURYS FAMILIA: Tossed 1.0 scoreless inning yesterday vs. Houston…Familia has not allowed a run over 7.0 innings this spring.
JUAN LAGARES: Has six RBI in 14 spring games and is hitting .333 (10- 30) with a .429 on-base percentage… He has one triple and one home run.
- Matt Harvey was scheduled to start against the Washington Nationals this afternoon, but stayed behind in Port St. Lucie to face St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, due to potential inclement weather this afternoon. Harvey pitched 3.1 innings and allowed six runs, five of them earned. According to multiple people who watched Harvey pitch, Harvey was mainly working on his secondary stuff in the game and he looked good, until he started getting touched up in his last inning of work. Harvey simply wanted to get his start in and work on his off-speed pitches. The final line of the game is meaningless, as Harvey was just focused on sharpening his arsenal against the Cardinals minor leaguers.
- In WBC qualifying action, second baseman Dilson Herrera was 2-5 with an RBI single and a run scored, in Colombia’s win over Panama last night. Shortstop prospect Luis Guillorme was 1-3 with an RBI yesterday in Spain’s win over France.
- Former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada signed a 1-year $1.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals this morning. With Cardinals starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta on the shelf for the first couple of months of the season, Tejada figures to be the Cardinals starting shortstop until Peralta returns. General Manager John Mozeliak was asked by MLB.com on the move and stated,”We do feel like there is an opportunity to add depth, because Tejada was recently released, and for us it made sense to pursue this. I just think it makes our club stronger overall, and ultimately it then gives [manager] Mike [Matheny] the flexibility to utilize the different infield positions until Peralta gets back.”
- ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is reporting that RHP Erik Goeddel and LHP Josh Edgin will pitch in a minor league game Sunday. It will each be their first appearance in a game this spring as both pitchers are working their way back from injuries.
- Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera talked to reporters this morning in Port St. Lucie and isn’t optimistic about his availability for Opening Night. When asked about his availability, Cabrera said, “I don’t know, I’ve just got to wait and see how my knee feels.” I don’t believe the Mets will rush Cabrera back, as they will want to avoid a setback or a nagging injury situation. The Mets have a lot of depth at shortstop currently, and it would be better for Cabrera’s health, to possibly return the second week of the season if his knee is 100%.
- It is being reported by multiple sources that the Mets are scouring the trade market for a backup catcher. One Mets source has been quoted as wanting to have Kevin Plawecki receive 150-200 at bats in AAA rather than him sit on the bench. Mets team officials reportedly have also not been thrilled with any of the alternative options at catcher in camp including Johnny Monell. This is something to monitor the rest of spring as the Mets believe this is turning into an area of need.
- ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has reported that the Mets are still comfortable trading SS Ruben Tejada with Asdrubal Cabrera on the shelf. Rubin has stated that the Mets are comfortable with Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores at shortstop, and if the return package is ideal, they will trade him. The St. Louis Cardinals have heavily been linked to Tejada since Jhonny Peralta suffered an injury that will cost him half of the season, and both parties could be a potential match.
- Dilson Herrera will indeed travel to Panama City, Panama tomorrow for the WBC Qualifiers. Despite his knee being heavily wrapped in the clubhouse, Herrera’s knee is reportedly just sore and he’ll be good to go for the qualifiers.
- Former Met right handed pitcher Matt Bowman is reportedly a favorite to make the St. Louis Cardinals roster out of Spring Training as a reliever. Bowman was selected by the Cardinals in this past December’s Rule 5 Draft, and would have to be returned to the Mets if he is not on the active roster this season. Bowman is ranked as the Cardinals 21st ranked prospect by MLB.com.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets this afternoon by the final score of 14-9. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Bartolo Colon had an uneven outing allowing 4 runs, on 6 hits, in 3 2/3 innings pitched.
- Kevin Plawecki (pictured) was 1-3 with a 2-run HR.
- Lucas Duda had a muti-hit game going 2-3 with a run scored.
- Every position player in the starting lineup today had at least one hit, aside from Wilmer Flores.
- Juan Lagares came in late as a replacement, and went 1-1 with 2 RBI.
- Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning. In 4 innings pitched this spring, he has allowed only one hit and has 5 strikeouts.
- The Mets will travel to Jupiter to play the Miami Marlins with a 1:05 pm et start time. The game can be seen on MLB.tv or heard on WOR 710 AM.
- Matt Harvey will take the mound in his second spring start of the season for the Mets, against Marlins righty Tom Koehler. Also scheduled to pitch for the Mets include, LHP Duane Below, RHP Hansel Robles, and RHP Addison Reed.
1. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
2. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
3. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
4. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
5. Jedd Gyorko (R) SS
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Anthony Garcia (R) LF
8. Jacob Wilson (R) 3B
9. Carson Kelly (R) DH
SP: Tyler Lyons LHP
- Curtis Granderson (L) RF
- Neil Walker (S) 2B
- Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
- Lucas Duda (L) 1B
- Wilmer Flores (R) SS
- Travis d’Arnaud (R) DH
- Michael Conforto (L) LF
- Eric Campbell (R) 3B
- Kevin Plawecki (R) C
SP: Bartolo Colon, RHP
- Today’s ballgame can be seen on SNY or MLB.tv.
Avaliable Pitchers for the Mets: LHP Josh Smoker, RHP Jeurys Familia, and RHP Gabriel Ynoa.
VS. ST. LOUIS: Today’s game is the third of five games this Spring with the Cardinals…Each team has won a game thus far this Spring with St. Louis winning, 9-4, in Jupiter on March 7 and the Mets taking the game on March 10 in St. Lucie, 7-2.
RHP BARTOLO COLÓN: Is making his second start in Grapefruit League action today…Earned the win in his Spring debut on Monday vs. Detroit… Tossed 3.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts…
WILMER FLORES: Walked twice in two plate appearances on Friday and is batting .500 (7-14) with one double and one RBI in seven games played this Spring…Each of Flores’ six starts this Spring have come at third base.
The New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by the final score of 7-2 this afternoon at Tradition Field.
For a full box score recap follow the link below…
- Noah Syndergaard pitched 3 innings allowing 1 hit, no runs, and 2 strikeouts.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless inning of relief this afternoon.
- Asdrubal Cabrera left today’s contest early with a sore knee.
- Ruben Tejada was 1-2 with a 2-run home run and a run scored.
- Travis Taijeron hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th.
- Wilmer Flores had a 2-3 afternoon, and is now batting .500 this Spring.
Ruben Tejada’s home run to left-center field this afternoon was one of the highlights of the game. With much speculation surrounding Tejada’s roster spot, including being a trade candidate to the St. Louis Cardinals, he came on for an injured Asdrubal Cabrera and provided a bang in his first at bat. Tejada also received a nice ovation by the Tradition Field crowd when he replaced an injured Cabrera on the bases in the bottom of the first. You can’t help but feel good for Tejada in his return from that gruesome leg injury, and with the speculation that is surrounding him. Asdrubal Cabrera is scheduled to undergo an MRI tonight to see if there is any ligament damage to the left knee. As of right now, he has been diagnosed with a sore knee, and the MRI results will determine if it is more than that. Noah Syndergaard looked to be in midseason form already in his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon. Syndergaard’s fastball was hitting 98 mph, and he was mowing through the Cardinals lineup before allowing a hard hit ball to Matt Hazelbaker, with 2 outs in the bottom of the third, that was just out of reach of the glove of Wilmer Flores. Michael Conforto went 0-2 against Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia this afternoon including a strikeout. Terry Collins will be judged on how often he allows Conforto to face lefties, and Conforto will be relied upon to show growth against southpaws when he is in the lineup this season. Expect Collins to have Conforto in the lineup this spring whenever the Mets face a left-handed pitcher. The legend of Travis Taijeron continues this spring, as he had a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to put the game out of reach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Taijeron is hitting an astounding .389 so far this spring, but needs to cut down on the strikeouts as he has 6 in 18 at bats thus far. He will be traveling to Viera with the team tomorrow.
- The Mets travel to Viera, to take on the Washington Nationals for a 1:05 pm start. The game will not be televised, but can be streamed through Washington Nationals radio network if you subscribe to MLB.tv Premium.
- Steven Matz will make his second start of the spring against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg. Also expected to take the mound for the Mets include, LHP Sean Gilmartin, LHP Duane Below, RHP Logan Verrett, RHP Zach Thornton, RHP Akeel Morris, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Seth Lugo.