The Mets will get to unveil one of their new additions to the team on Saturday as closer Edwin Diaz is expected to make his spring debut as the Mets host the Astros at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX.
Jeff McNeil returns to the lineup and is batting cleanup after being sidelined with a scrape on his elbow/wrist earlier this week. Brandon Nimmo was expected to return to the lineup after a stomach virus but will sit out again. The hot-hitting Dominic Smith will DH and bat fifth.
|George Springer, DH||Jeff McNeil, LF|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Alex Bregman, 3B||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Michael Brantley, LF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Robinson Chirinos, C||Dominic Smith, DH|
|A.J. Reed, 1B||
Pete Alonso, 1B
|Aledmys Diaz, SS||J.D. Davis, 3B|
|Derek Fisher, RF||Danny Espinosa, SS|
|Jake Murisnick, CF||Juan Lagares, CF|
Who is pitching for the Mets?
RHP Noah Syndergaard makes his second start for the Mets this spring. The hard-throwing right-hander tossed two innings in his debut, also against the Astros, reaching 99 mph on the radar gun while allowing two hits and striking out two.
Who is pitching for the Astros?
RHP Justin Verlander makes his second start of the spring. Verlander pitched against the Mets last week, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out one.
The Mets visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.