Back-to-back Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will make his first start of spring training against the defending champion Washington Nationals on Sunday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m.
Most of the potential Opening Day starters will be in the Mets' lineup today, while Andres Gimenez will start at shortstop. Gimenez owns a slashline of .308/.400/.615 in six games this spring, while half of his four hits so far have gone for extra bases (one double, one home run). In 18 games in the Arizona Fall League, he went 26-70 (.371) with nine extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in.
|Jeff McNeil, 3B||Trea Turner, SS|
|Brandon Nimmo, CF||Ryan Zimmerman, DH|
|Robinson Cano, DH||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Yan Gomes, C|
|Michael Confotro, RF||Andrew Stevenson, RF|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Michael A. Taylor, CF|
|Luis Guillorme, 2B||Carter Kieboom, 3B|
|Jarrett Parker, LF||Brandon Snyder, 1B|
|Andres Gimenez, SS||JB Shuck, LF|
DeGrom finished last season with the second-best ERA in baseball (2.43), while his 255 strikeouts were the most in the National League. In his final 23 starts last year, he owned a 1.89 ERA, baseball's best in that span, and struck out 188 batters in 152.0 innings.
Who is pitching for the Nationals?
Anibal Sanchez is making his second start of the spring. He tossed 2.0 innings in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Cardinals, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two batters. The 36-year-old tossed 166.0 innings last year, his most since 2013, and posted a 3.85 ERA in his first season with the Nats.
The Mets will have Monday off before taking on the Marlins at Clover Park on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m.