Ok, Spring Training is fun and all, but it’s feeling like it’s dragging on now.
It’s less than two weeks until Opening Day, but who else is ready for it to be tomorrow?
A whole bunch of Mets seem ready, that’s for sure.
There are simply not enough televised games for our liking. Thankfully we’ll soon have every game on our screens, and may even get to catch a game in person before long!
Hey, how have the Mets been doing?
🟠 Sunday 3/14 vs Cardinals - W 7-5
David Peterson got the start, and had some trouble with his command early. But he settled down to stretch himself out to 4 innings. Corey Oswalt had a strong 2 innings of work, with 5 K’s.
The Mets offense got off to a quick start with a lineup close to what fans are expecting to be seen often this year, scoring 2 of their own in the bottom half of the 1st. The highlight of this game was Luis Guillorme’s 22 pitch at bat, resulting in a walk, against flamethrower, Jordan Hicks. Pete & Dom led the cheerleading section from the bench for this epic battle. The chemistry on this roster is fantastic.
🟠 Tuesday 3/16 vs Astros - W 8-3
Jacob deGrom got the start with the likely everyday starting lineup behind him, slightly adjusted with Conforto as the DH ane Pillar in RF.
deGrom continues to be simply incredible. He’s pumping in the most effortless looking 100mph you’ll ever see. He actually gave up a run today on a solo homer, nudged by the wind just past Dom Smith’s glove and off the top of the fence in LF. It’s saying a lot that Mother Nature has to intervene on behalf of opposing batters at this point.
With the exception of a shaky Familia, and Betances looking lost, the rest of the Mets’ pitchers looked solid.
The offense is kicking into gear as well with Dom, Pete, and Lindor all going yard. The Polar Bear, especially, is absolutely raking, hitting for power and to the opposite field. If this lineup can give Jake the run support he’s always lacked, the sky is the limit for his season.
🟠 Wednesday 3/17 at Marlins - L 3-2
The Mets wore green caps & socks for this St Patrick’s Day matchup, but they had little luck scoring runs against the Fish.
Their pitching was once again remarkably solid with Joey Lucchesi getting the start and striking out 4 over 3 innings of work. Barnes, Hunter, and Tarpley all pitched well too. Gsellman & Yennsy Diaz gave up a combined 3 earned runs during their innings.
Lindor and Alonso continue to get hits, and Luis Guillorme got another one too. But overall the bats were quiet, and likely missed the presence of Dom Smith, who was scratched as a precaution last minute due to wrist soreness.
🟠 Thursday 3/18 vs Nationals - L 3-1
Stroman stretched out to 5 innings of work, and looked fantastic. He struck out 6 and only gave up a run on home run that probably should’ve been caught by Pillar.
Familia and Loup each gave up a solo shot as well in their innings. Edwin Diaz and Trevor May both looked strong, though Diaz gave up two hits in his inning.
The bats stayed quiet in this one, as was expected with the lineup consisting mostly of expected bench guys. Their only run came when McCann stroked a double in the gap, scoring JD Davis from first.
🟠 Friday 3/19 vs Cardinals - W 8-5
Mets already find themselves having to test their pitching depth, but one thing is beginning to look certain, Taijuan Walker can absolutely deal.
He stretched out to 4 innings and only gave up 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out 3. A couple of nicely turned double-plays by McNeil & Lindor helped him out too.
Jerry Blevins pitched a clean inning, as did Zamora. Corey Oswalt, who’s been talked up by Luis Rojas, struggled to get through 3 innings, and had to be bailed out by Hildenberger.
Lindor and Nido were the offensive stars today, combining for 5 hits. Nido took a wind-blown fly to right field onto the berm, and Lindor crushed a grand slam. Conforto looked good at the plate with a couple of lengthy turns at bat, one of which he worked for a walk. McNeil got hit by three separate pitches, and he was not happy about it.
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN
All the news from this past week, which you’ve probably already seen by now.
🟠 The Mets made a couple more internal moves, paring down the big league roster by two.
RHP Sam McWilliams and outfielder Khalil Lee have been optioned to the Triple-A roster. #Mets— New York Mets (@Mets) March 16, 2021
🟠 Francisco Lindor is playing it close to the chest on his extension talks. He says they’ve just began and haven’t gotten too serious as of yet. He also reiterated that he won’t continue the discussions once the season begins. Hopefully the Mets can make some real progress over the next two weeks, otherwise they’ll have to compete with the rest of the league for his services.
Francisco Lindor says his contract extension negotiations have begun, but there's "nothing serious"— SNY (@SNYtv) March 16, 2021
Lindor also reiterates he won't let talks go into the regular season and if no deal is reached, he'll head into free agency after the season pic.twitter.com/HLIpmsa2Hg
🟠 The Mets announced that just under 8,500 fans will be allowed in the stands at Citi Field for their April 8th home opener.
Welcome Back #Mets Fans!— New York Mets (@Mets) March 18, 2021
Fans will be permitted to return to games at Citi Field beginning on Thursday, April 8. In accordance with New York State government prescribed guidelines, Citi Field will initially operate at 20% of full capacity (8,492 seats). https://t.co/XPzt9vHFmd
🟠 Carlos Carrasco has a torn hamstring, and will miss an estimated 6-8 weeks. He suffered the injury during conditioning, after a live bp session on Thursday. Marcus Stroman called the loss of Cookie “devastating”, saying the Mets rotation is elite with him in there. Hopefully he can heal up quickly, and return strong as the season heats up in May.
🟠 The Mets announced that former New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, will be joining the Mets’ board of directors. Christie is a longtime friend of the Cohens, and a lifelong Mets fan as well. Also, Jeanne Melino will join the board, as well as take on the role of Senior VP of the Amazin’ Mets Foundation. Jeanne has also worked for Steve Cohen’s hedge fund, Point 72, as well as the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, so she too is connected to the Cohen family.
🟠 A few more roster moves for you today.
RHP Yennsy Díaz, C Patrick Mazeika and LHP Daniel Zamora and have been optioned to the Triple-A roster.— New York Mets (@Mets) March 19, 2021
In addition, OF Johneshwy Fargas, INF Jake Hager, C David Rodríguez and INF Wilfredo Tovar were reassigned.
The #Mets now have 44 players in major league camp.
TWEET THE METS
🟠 Dom had a gif-worthy moment during Guillorme’s epic at bat. I have a feeling this Mets season will provide many gif-able moments.
🟠 The good Trevor and Str0 marvel over Jake’s abilities. I’m certain he looks even better up close and when you know your way around a mound.
All of baseball twitter rn pic.twitter.com/0ry6oMtDoN— Cut4 (@Cut4) March 14, 2021
🟠 Steve gives us some great news! No, not that great news. Or that other great news... but still pretty great.
The best we’ll see in our lifetime. https://t.co/qEArRopfQA— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) March 16, 2021
Nothing to say there but the Chick-fil-A foul pole sign has been officially retired— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) March 17, 2021
🟠 Taijuan Walker is jumping into the NFT game, and for a great cause!
New merch for every Mets Mood
🟠 The Mets home opener is just a few weeks away. Not many fans will be lucky enough to attend, but we’ll all get back to Citi eventually. Make sure you show up in style with one of these new shirts! Available here.