The Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets this afternoon by the final score of 8-5 at Tradition Field. For a full box score recap follow the link below…
- Matt Harvey struggled this afternoon as he pitched 3 innings and allowed 7 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, and struck out two.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless inning allowing only one hit.
- Jim Henderson continued his solid spring pitching a scoreless inning as well, only walking one and striking out two.
- Curtis Granderson was 2-3 with a triple.
- David Wright returned to the lineup and was 0-2 with a walk.
- Alejandro De Aza (pictured) continued his hot spring going 2-3 and raising his average to .429.
Matt Harvey was not himself all game as he struggled with command and labored through three innings, while throwing 85 pitches. It was the not the kind of start Harvey was looking for as he was probably looking to throw 90 pitches over six innings today. Harvey threw a few more pitches in the bullpen after he was taken out and still was unsatisfied with the way the ball was coming out today. Manager Terry Collins and Harvey both acknowledged there are some things he needs to correct while watching film tomorrow, so look for Harvey who has some of the best command in the game, to correct those mistakes his next time out. The good news is Harvey feels fine and his outing had nothing to do with his health. Yoenis Cespedes allowed an inside the park home run this afternoon after he failed to grab a ball that looked like it was wedged underneath the center field wall. Cespedes immediately put his hands up calling for a ground-rule double after the ball rolled underneath the wall as he believed the ball was lodged. Second base umpire C.B. Bucknor immediately ran out to Cespedes and claimed the ball was not wedged and he swatted the ball out from under the wall as Cespedes stared at it. Cespedes believed the ball had been wedged in the wall when asked by reporters after the game and Terry Collins defended him in his postgame news conference as well. I provided the video below, as this play is sure to make it’s rounds around the media tonight, and many Cespedes critics are sure to use this play as another strike against his defense. The Mets have now lost seven in a row but no World Series is won in March. Many of the players seem to be getting into a groove and come next week this team should hit the ground running as Grapefruit League action wraps up.
Yoenis Cespedes talking to reporters, via ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin on controversial inside the park home run:
“The ball fell under the fence,” Cespedes said through an interpreter. “It got wedged in there. For me, I couldn’t grab that. I thought that should have followed the ground rule and should have just been the double. He said, ‘You should be able to grab that.’ I said, ‘Of course I could grab that — if I stick my hand in there and pull it out, yes, I guess I could grab it.’ He stuck his hand in there and pulled it out. I could have done that as well. I just didn’t think that was what I needed to do.”
- The Mets stay at Tradition Field tomorrow afternoon for a 1:10 pm et contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. The game can be seen on both SNY and ESPN.
- Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha.
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 2B
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS
4. Preston Tucker (L) RF
5. Tyler White (R) 1B
6. A.J. Reed (L) DH
7. Colin Moran (L) 3B
8. Roberto Pena (R) C
9. Derek Fisher (L) LF
SP: Dallas Keuchel LHP
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. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
7. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
8. Gavin Cecchini (R) SS
9. Matt Harvey (R) P
SP: Matt Harvey RHP
*Mets will play without the DH this afternoon.
- Today’s game can be seen on SNY or on MLB Network.
The Mets defeated the Houston Astros by the final score of 3-1 this afternoon. For a full box score recap follow the link below…
- Dilson Herrera (pictured) continued his torrid spring start going 1-3 with an RBI triple in the 5th inning.
- Matt Reynolds and Eric Campbell each had a 2-2 afternoon at the plate.
- Highly regarded first base prospect Dominic Smith went 2-4 at the dish.
- Antonio Bastardo made his Mets debut with a scoreless inning of work.
- The Mets host the Atlanta Braves at Tradition Field tomorrow at 1:10 pm et. Former Braves farmhand and southpaw Sean Gilmartin will take the mound for the start opposite Braves righty Kyle Kendrick. The game can be seen on WPIX or MLB.TV.
RHP Stolmy Pimentel, RHP Addison Reed, RHP Jim Henderson are scheduled to pitch for the Mets tomorrow as well.
Very impressed with the way the Mets played today, especially in the 5th inning when they touched up Ken Giles one of the best closers in the game, who was acquired by the Astros in the offseason from the Phillies. Dilson Herrera who was part of that 5th inning rally has looked very good this spring so far. Many expect him to be the starting second basemen next season for the Mets, but with the way his bat has developed he may be ready to play if a need arises at the Major League level this year. I was also impressed by the way Josh Smoker and Seth Lugo looked this afternoon. Both of those pitchers may be counted on this season at some point, and they both look like they are close to Major League ready. Dominic Smith had a loud single which looked like it was going to leave the park but grazed the right field wall and landed in play. Smith seemed to appriciate it coming out of the box too much and ended up with a single, in a play that could’ve ended up with him on 2nd. He knew he messed up after it happened and I’m sure Terry Collins used it as a teachable moment. All in all the Mets looked good today and everyone came out healthy which is all that matters at this point…
- Ty Kelly, CF
- Ruben Tejada, SS
- Michael Conforto, LF
- Travis d’Arnaud, DH
- Dominic Smith, 1B
- Wilmer Flores, 3B
- Kevin Plawecki, C
- Eric Campbell, RF
- Dilson Herrera, 2B
SP: Robert Gsellman, RHP
- George Springer, RF
- Colin Moran, 3B
- Colby Rasmus, LF
- Carlos Gomez, CF
- A.J. Reed, 1B
- Jason Castro, DH
- Alex Bregman, SS
- Max Stassi, C
- Nolan Fontana, 2B
SP: Collin McHugh, RHP
Today’s game can be viewed on MLB.TV
Today’s available pitchers for both squads:
METS: RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP Seth Lugo, LHP Josh Smoker, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Antonio Bastardo
ASTROS: RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Josh Fields, LHP Tony Sipp, RHP Ken Giles, RHP Pat Neshek, RHP Brady Rodgers, RHP Chris Devenski.
RHP ROBERT GSELLMAN: Makes his first official start of the Spring after starting for the Orange team in the intrasquad game on Tuesday (2.0 innings, two hits, one run, earned, one walk)…Was named the Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year in 2015 after going a combined 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA (46 earned runs/143.1 innings) in 24 total games between St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League…
T.J. RIVERA: Has hit safely in each of the first two Spring Training games (.400, 2-5) with one RBI and is on today’s travel roster. Batted .325 (131- 403) with 63 runs, 27 doubles, and 48 RBI in a combined 110 games between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League…Has a career .318 (640-2010) clip in five minor league seasons.
Today’s game marks the first of two with the Astros this Spring and it is the Mets only game in Kissimmee in 2016.