The Least You Should Know...
- Matt Harvey started for the Mets and he allowed two runs with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings - he now has 24 strikeouts in 18 innings this spring.
- Lucas Duda hit an opposite field, two-run home run in the fourth inning.
- Travis d'Arnaud singled, doubled and scored two runs.
- Ruben Tejada went 0-for-3, and he's now just 3-for-34 this spring.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
It has been a very uneven spring for Duda, but he has shown some positive signs over the course of camp. He has shown an ability to take the ball the other way and, like today, he has done it with authority. If he can do that and not rollover the outside pitches, he should find more success going forward.
Harvey did some nice work against the Cardinals today. He showed great movement on his fastball and breaking pitches, got a lot of late swings and missed a lot of bats. He looked frustrated when he left today's game, but that's Matt Harvey for you. He's going to be fun to watch over the course of a full season this year...
I'm not so much concerned about Tejada's poor spring numbers as I am with his inability to adjust and improve. He's been lunging a lot and getting way too many balls in the air. He is making insignificant contact, not moving runners over and not walking at all. It's only Spring Training, and there's still time for Tejada to get himself going, but I'd like to see something more positive from him as camp winds down over the next two weeks...
The Mets are off tomorrow, but they will visit the Astros in Kissimmee on Wednesday night. Dillon Gee will start for the Mets at 6:05 pm.