Mets Allow Five Homers in 8-4 Loss in Make-Up Game Against Nationals

The New York Mets and Washington Nationals played a make-up game from their opening series of the season and the Mets wish they had their off-day back. It only took two pitches for the Nationals to get a lead and they rode it to an exciting 8-4 win and move within three games of first place.

Mets radio broadcaster said starter Jerad Eickhoff began the game by throwing “batting practice” to the Nats, and he was spot on with his description. Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner opened up with back-to-back tape measure home runs to get out to a 2-0 lead. Gerardo Parra added another homer in the second inning as all Eickhoff allowed was hard contact.

It looked like Eickhoff would settle in, but Schwarber tagged him again for another homer in the fifth. Schwarber tied an MLB record by hitting 15 home runs in 17 games, making him an impossible hitter to slow down. Starlin Castro finished off Eickhoff in his final inning with an RBI single. Overall, Eickhoff lasted six innings, allowing eight hits, five runs, and four home runs.

Offense Please

As usual, the Mets could not get any offense against a starting pitcher. Paolo Espino was the beneficiary as he shut out the Mets for five innings, working around five hits while striking out five. The Mets had some hope when the Nats bullpen had to figure out how to keep the lead for 12 outs.

Jeff McNeil got the Mets on a board with a seventh-inning single, his second hit of the night, which broke an 0-for-12 slump. Pete Alonso‘s two-run home run and Billy McKinney‘s solo shot were back to back, putting the Mets deficit at just one.

Only Hurting Themselves

Things got dicey in the bottom of the eight, and it was due to the shift once again. Travis Blankenhorn had 18 career big-league innings at second base coming into the night, and his inexperience showed in a double-play situation. Castro hit a double-play ball right a Francisco Lindor, but Blankenhorn ranged to his right, vacating second base and cutting in front of Lindor. The Mets ended up getting no outs on the play, and Blankenhorn threw the ball away, resulting in runners on second and third.

Ryan Zimmerman made the Mets pay for continuing the inning with his three-run home run, which effectively pushed the game out of reach. Nats closer Brad Hand finished off his five-out save with a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the victory. The Mets made three errors on the night and were thoroughly outplayed in almost every aspect of the game. They will try to rebound in a critical three-game series in Atlanta against the Braves. Tylor Megill makes his second career start against Charlie Morton.

Acuna Jr. Does it All in Braves 1-0 Victory Over Mets to Take Game Two

Scoring was minimal during game one of the doubleheader between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, and it was almost extinct in game two. There we only four baserunners in the game, and Ronald Acuna Jr.’s majestic solo home run was all the Braves needed for a 1-0 victory.

The Mets had four hits on the night and were even worse on the bases. Pete Alonso tested the arm of Acuna Jr. and was thrown out on a 97.3 strike from the All-Star. In the sixth inning, Jose Peraza failed to advance to third base on a wild pitch and then tried to advance on a groundball hit right in front of him. Peraza entered the game immediately after Jonathan Villar doubled and left with a leg injury. It was clear Peraza was not fully acclimated to the game immediately. Francisco Lindor ended the sixth by getting picked off by A.J. Minter on the next pitch.

Ian Anderson was responsible for shutting down the Mets offense after having a 7.27 ERA against them coming into the night. Anderson pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, striking out five, and was thoroughly in control throughout the night. The Mets’ best scoring chance came against Braves closer Will Smith in the seventh inning with one out and the bases loaded.

Coming Up Short

Kevin Pillar smoked a ball right into Austin Riley‘s glove at third, and it almost ended the game. Alonso and Riley scrambled back to the bag, and Alonso won the race after a replay review. Brandon Drury came up as the final hope but popped up to short center field, allowing the Braves to escape with a doubleheader split.

Jerad Eickhoff made his Mets debut, and it looked like it would end early. Eickhoff walked two in the first but worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam. He persevered through four shutout innings, allowing three hits and walks while striking out three. With Joey Lucchesi likely needing Tommy John surgery, Eickhoff had a good audition for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Game three of the series is a regular nine-inning game between two pitchers who know how to move the baseball. Marcus Stroman takes his 2.35 ERA to the mound against the veteran Charlie Morton. The first pitch from Citi Field is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

New York Mets Turn Triple Play in 5-4 Loss to Houston Astros

The New York Mets have already had themselves a 22-pitch walk this spring, and they added a triple play to their list of oddities in spring training. Despite the triple play, the Mets needed more help in their 5-4 loss against the Houston Astros.

Joey Lucchesi cruised through the first two innings of his start but ran into issues in the third. Jose Altuve’s RBI single through a drawn-in infield and Michael Brantley‘s two-run single off Jerry Blevins put the Mets in a 3-0 hole. Lucchesi went back to the mound in the fourth and completed a scoreless inning to finish the start on a good note. At the moment, he should maintain the upper hand over Jordan Yamamoto for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Jerad Eickhoff pitched the next two innings with mixed success. He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned) and was bailed out by getting Jose Altuve to hit into a triple play. Mike Montgomery continued an impressive spring with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

The Mets lineup only contained two expected starters for Opening Day and the pitcher batting ninth. Wilfredo Tovar drove in the first run with a fifth-inning double. Albert Almora was responsible for the rest with an eighth inning three-run home run. Almora’s leg kick is tapping into his power stroke as he now has a .556 slugging percentage during spring training.

On Tuesday, the Mets return to Port St. Luice to face the Miami Marlins. Daniel Castano (1-1, 4.05 ERA) faces off against Marcus Stroman (1-0, 2.70). The first pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. ET.

New York Mets Lose Slugfest to St. Louis Cardinals 14-9

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The pitching for the New York Mets started off strong over their first two spring training games but lose all momentum against the St. Louis Cardinals. Seven pitchers combined to allow 14 runs, 11 hits, and 6 runs in the 14-9 loss.

Jerad Eickhoff got the start for the Mets and allowed the Cardinals’ offense to get started early. Eickhoff allowed four runs, with three coming on a home run by John Nogowski. Jacob Barnes followed but was erratic in the one inning he pitched. Barnes walked two and allowed three more runs in the third inning. Marcel Renteria struggled the most out of any Mets pitcher. He allowed four runs, two home runs, including one to former Met Ali Sanchez.

The Mets offense was the polar opposite of their pitching as they had 13 hits and six for extra bases. Kevin Pillar, J.D. Davis, Luis Guillorme, and Drew Ferguson all had multiple-hit games. Brett Baty also supplied an RBI double in the ninth inning.

The Mets are back on SNY on Friday for a 1:10 p.m. start against the Washington Nationals. Kyle Finnegan (0-0, 18.00) faces David Peterson, who is making his first outing of the Spring.

New York Mets: Full Non-Roster Invites Announced For Spring Training

New York Mets spring training finally begins on February 17th, and the team has announced their full group of players that will join them in Port St. Lucie. The non-roster invites feature an interesting group of veterans signed this offseason and prospects trying to make a name for themselves.

Starting Pitchers: Matt Allan, Jerad Eickhoff, Harol Gonzalez

The Mets opted for three non-roster starting pitcher invites, and all three are in different stages of their careers. Allan is the Mets top pitching prospect and is coming off an impressive 2020 summer camp. He threw just 6.1 professional innings after the 2019 MLB Draft and will get an opportunity to showcase his stuff in big league camp.

Eickhoff has a 5.07 ERA since 2017 after putting up a 3.44 ERA in his first two seasons. If the Mets need starting pitching help, he will be at the top of their list. Gonzalez is coming off a 3.01 ERA in 2019 between AA and AAA. He has been in the minors since the 2014 season.

Relief Pitchers: Jerry Blevins, Oscar De La Cruz, Ryley Gilliam, Trevor Hildenberger, Tylor Megill, Marcel Renteria, Jared Robinson, Arodys Vizcaino, Tom Windle

Blevins is a former Met who has a good opportunity to take Seth Lugo‘s spot in the bullpen if Justin Wilson does not return. De La Cruz spent his first seven professional seasons with the Cubs, has starting experience but found more success in the bullpen during 2019. Gilliam has a great mid-90s fastball and sharp curveball but struggles with walks (5.0 BB/9). He is ranked 21st in the Mets farm system.

During his 2017 rookie season, Hildenberger pitched 37 games with a 3.21 ERA. The next two years combined resulted in a 6.35 ERA; he does bring a unique look with his sidearm delivers. Megill is another reliever with starting experience in the minors; he had a 3.52 ERA in his first full pro season in 2019. Renteria’s highest level is one game in AA and has a 4.76 ERA over 62 minor league games.

Robinson spent six years with the Cleveland Indians and recorded his highest K/9 (12.5) during 2019. Vizcaino has a 3.01 career ERA, but his health is a major liability to any team willing to take a chance on him. Windle is a left-handed reliever with a 4.13 ERA in seven minor league seasons.

Catchers: Francisco Alvarez, Bruce Maxwell, Nick Meyer, David Rodriguez

Alvarez is just 19-years old but is already the second-best prospect the Mets have. It will be exciting to watch him get his first taste of a big-league spring training at such a young age. Maxwell has only a .347 slugging percentage in 127 career games, but his .524 slugging with 25 homers in Mexico intrigued the Mets to sign him last season.

Meyer is getting his opportunity after spending 2020 with an independent league. He has never played above high-A during his career. Rodriguez did not hit much during his seven minor league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays but had a terrific winter league season. In 44 games, he slashed .376/.473/.567 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in.

Infielders: Brett Baty, Brandon Drury, Jake Hager, Ronny Mauricio, Jose Peraza, Wilfredo Tovar, Mark Vientos

Baty is the third-ranked prospect with tremendous line to line power but needs to improve his defense at third base. Drury is a veteran utility man with a .248 career average over 456 career games. Hager is an infielder who has shown flashes of power with 23 homers during the 2018-19 seasons.

Mauricio is the top prospect in the Mets farm system and should have less pressure with Andres Gimenez on the Indians. Peraza is another utility infielder but only hit .225 in 34 games with the Boston Red Sox during 2020.

Tovar is a former Met with a solid glove but has never hit at the big league level. Vientos is a third baseman and the seventh-ranked prospect for the Mets. He has great power but needs to become a complete hitter before moving on to the next level.

Outfielders: Pete Crow-Armstrong, Johneshwy Fargas, Drew Ferguson, Mallex Smith, Tim Tebow

Crow-Armstrong is the most promising outfield Mets prospect since…Jarred Kelenic. This will be his first professional baseball experience and will be a tall task for a player coming straight out of high school. Fargas is full of speed and pure athletic ability but has never figured it out with the bat. During his minor league career, he has 235 stolen bases but slashes at .255/.331/.342.

Ferguson never hit much as a minor leaguer with the Houston Astros but made great strides in 2019. During 115 games in triple-A, he batted .281 with 65 walks, 11 homers, and 27 stolen bases. Smith is another speedster with two 40-steal seasons under his belt but does not hit for any power. Tebow is going to give it another try after hitting .163 during the 2019 triple-A season. This might be the last chance for his baseball career.