The Least You Should Know...
- Matt Harvey started and threw 4.1 hitless innings. He struck out five and threw 48 pitches -- 35 for strikes.
- Anthony Recker delivered a two out, RBI single in the second to plate the first run of the game.
- Matt den Dekker clubbed a solo home run in the fifth off Mitch Talbot which proved to be the eventual winning run.
- The Mets scored a pair of two out runs in the sixth on an Andrew Brown RBI double and a Justin Turner RBI single.
- Marlon Byrd was 1 for 2 with a run scored.
- Pedro Feliciano (.2 inning), Josh Edgin (1), Brandon Lyon (1), Scott Rice (1) all had scoreless outings.[/sny-box]
Harvey allowed just one base runner -- Chone Figgins reached on an Omar Quintanilla error. His fastball sat around 93-94 and his change up looked lethal, as he racked up one of his five strike outs on one that dove into the dirt. Very impressive outing, and hopefully, a sign of more good things to come in 2013.
I figured that Recker would have the inside track on the backup catcher's job to start the season, and he may have taken another step forward today by coming through with two outs. Until Travis d'Arnaud is ready, the Mets will look to either Recker or Landon Powell to back up John Buck.
Meanwhile, Byrd continue to impress. He notched another hit today, and eventually came around on Recker's single. It seems like the extra time in winter ball has really helped Byrd come out of the gate strong this spring, and may ultimately help win him a starting outfield spot. It will be interesting to see if this translates to the regular season.
Other notable takeaways from today: Turner made his first appearance in the outfield when he entered the game as the left fielder in the fifth. He did not have a chance in his two innings there before moving to first base. Jamie Hoffmann (who replaced Turner in left) robbed Chris Valaika of a home run to end the seventh.
The Mets will face the Tigers in Lakeland tomorrow. The game will not be televised.