The other half of the split-squad Mets couldn't take down the Astros on Friday night in a 7-3 loss on the road. >> Box score
Five things to know about Friday's game...
1) Jason Vargas got the start in this second game for the Mets, and it was a decent one. He started strong, allowing only a solo homer to Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the second. And he still kept the lead in tact when George Springer laced an RBI double to make it a 3-2 game. But, when the sixth came around, he allowed a homer to Alex Bregman, and Robinson Chirinos' double allowed a runner to score that was charged to Vargas despite being pulled for Edwin Diaz. Overall, he allowed four earned on six hits while striking out three and walking two over 5.2 innings.
2) Dom Smith has been hot all spring, and he stayed that way by going 2-for-4 at the dish to move his average to .362. He has been earning himself a spot on the Mets' 25-man roster, and potentially, a starting role as well.
3) Luis Guillorme also had a good day at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with a run scored. He has a .371 average this spring.
4) The top of the order in Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares went a combined 2-for-9 with each player tallying a hit.
5) Going back to Diaz, he hasn't had the best spring, and that continued against the Astros. He allowed three runs on four hits in just a third of an inning. He owns a 8.53 ERA, which isn't the best sign for the team's closer.
The Mets take on the Braves on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.