With all of the hype surrounding the New York Mets young arms heading into the season, they receive some more notoriety with being featured on the cover of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview issue. This is exciting to see although there is the dark cloud of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx that has followed the Mets in the past. Let’s hope that we can reverse our fortunes this season with the jinx and ultimately win a World Series.
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
8. Johnny Monell (L) DH
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
SP: Steven Matz LHP
- Brett Gardner (L) LF
- Aaron Hicks (S) CF
- Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
- Mark Texiera (S) 1B
- Carlos Beltran (S) RF
- Brian McCann (L) C
- Chase Headley (S) 3B
- Starlin Castro (R) 2B
- Didi Gregorius (L) SS
SP: Luis Severino RHP
- Tonight’s game will not be televised but can be heard on WOR 710 AM.
Available pitchers for both squads:
YANKEES: LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Andrew Miller, LHP James Pazos
METS: RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Buddy Carlyle
LHP STEVEN MATZ: Will make his fourth appearance and third start
this spring tonight…Last appeared on March 17 at Miami where he worked 4.0 innings of relief and allowed three runs and struck out three…
DILSON HERRREA: Will re-join the Mets tonight…Herrera hit .364 and reached base seven times to lead Colombia to a WBC qualifying tournament win…He hit an eighth inning go-ahead home run on Sunday to lift Colombia to a 2-1 win over Panama.
ON-BASE: The Mets have a .358 on- base percentage this spring, which is second among NL clubs, behind Arizona (.374).
VS. YANKEES: Tonight is the second of two spring match-ups between the two crosstown rivals…The Mets and Yankees tied 4-4 on March 9 in Port St. Lucie…It was only the second tie between the two clubs…The Mets are 36-47-1 all-time vs. the Yankees in Spring Training…