In yesterday’s game against the Houston Astros, there were a few huge storylines to follow. The Astros and the Mets both sent out ace pitchers and relievers, and they both fielded major league-caliber lineups. Here’s some important notes from today’s game:
-Noah Syndergaard made his second start of the year, throwing 2 2/3 innings scoreless. He struggled with his command, giving up 2 walks in the first inning, and finishing with 5 total. He did not finish the third inning, presumably after hitting a pitch limit (Syndergaard threw 51 pitches before he was pulled), but he finished on a high note with a strikeout. He finished with 4 K’s on the day, and Chris Flexen got the final out in the third to preserve Syndergaard’s 0.00 spring ERA.
-Newly signed lefty Justin Wilson got rocked in the fourth inning, sending two booming home runs into the berm.
-Jeurys Familia struggled in every aspect of his game today, as he struggled to get an out in the fifth inning. His first four batters resulted in a walk, hit by pitch, RBI single, and another RBI single. Finally, Familia settled down to retire the next 3 batters with 2 strikeouts and a fly out to right.
-Offensive-minded catcher Wilson Ramos added 3 hits on the day, including a go-ahead grand slam. He also showed defensive prowess while throwing out a runner in the sixth inning.
-Mets closer Edwin Diaz makes his first appearance in a scoreless inning of work, while also adding a strikeout.
-Bullpen hopeful Hector Santiago finished the game with 2 scoreless innings.
The Mets would go on to lose the game 8-7, on an error-turned-interference call in the 9th. Regardless, there were many positive signs during today’s game, and the future is bright for the Mets!