The Least You Should Know...
- Darin Gorski started for the Mets and allowed four runs in two innings.
- John Buck hit a two-run home run in the second inning, Anthony Recker hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, and Collin Cowgill hit a solo home run in the ninth inning.
- Lucas Duda notched his first hit of the Spring with a second inning single.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
I really like what I've seen from Gorski so far this Spring, even though his line doesn't show it. He tired out at the end today, but he's throwing strikes, he's getting ahead most of the hitters, and he is commanding all of his pitches. He has been a starter for most of his professional career, but he is deceptive and could prove to be a valuable left-handed specialist in the bullpen in short order.
I try not to worry about the results this early in camp, but the outfield hopefuls have left a lot to be desired defensively so far in these five games. Outside of Matt den Dekker's play, there have been dropped popups, poorly tracked balls, and a clear lack of range and speed. Nobody has stood out to this point. With that said, I wonder if the Mets will soon try Justin Turner in the outfield, if only to see another option.
To hear from Terry Collins after today's 12-4 loss, watch this:
The Mets head to Viera tomorrow night to face to the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium, with Rafael Montero facing Stephen Strasburg at 6:05 pm.