Something good: Luis Mateo's FSL and 2013 debut: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. The Mets skipped the hard-throwing Mateo over Savannah. One start in, it looks like he's more than ready for St. Lucie.
Something awesome: The Mets turned a triple play in the bottom of the first. With runners on first and second, SS Matt Reynolds caught a liner, and then went second to first to double off the runners.
Something good: 3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 2-for-4, his first two-hit game of the year. Rodriguez started slow in Savannah 2012 and was off to a 1-for-14 start in 2013. I believe in this bat. He's also back playing third, with Joe Bonfe playing first.
Something good: Luis Cessa's first start of 2013, and his Gnats' debut: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He looked hittable in the first inning, when he gave up a run on a single and a double and some hard contact. A diving stop from Philip Evans saved a single into centerfield and a run in the inning. As the night went on, he threw his secondary pitches more, which kept the 'Jackets off his fastball better. He canned four of five batter from the end of the fourth inning through the start of the sixth. I saw mostly changeup/slider from Cessa from the press box. He's not going to blow batters away, but he clearly has some feel.
Something good: 1B Jayce Boyd was 3-for-5 with a double in the third inning and an RBI groundout in the eighth. His .545 batting average (12-for-22) leads the SAL as do his 12 hits and .643 on-base percentage. He's tied for the league lead with four doubles, and six walks, and is third with a .727 slugging percentage. Hello, SAL Player of the Week Award.
Something good: Kevin Plawecki was 2-for-4 as a DH with a double, a single up the middle and a sacrifice fly. He's hitting .409 (9-for-22) - sixth in the SAL - with three walks and five strikeouts in his first six games.
Daily Nimmo: CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-3 with a walk and a HBP, snapping his five-game hitting streak to start the year. He took a fastball off his right wrist in his first at-bat. The trainer looked at it, and he was grimacing, but stayed in the game. He struck out against a lefty reliever in the fourth, I believe swinging through a fastball. He walked and scored in the seventh, making a nice read on a Boyd single to right field to go first to third to put himself in a position to score on Plawecki's sacrifice fly. He reached on an error in the eighth when the 'Jackets' 2B Travious Relaford muffed a bouncing ball that should have been a double play.
Savannah Sand Gnats,
St. Lucie Mets