The Mets opened up their first Grapefruit League game of Spring Training with a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at First Data Field.
Here are the takeaways from the game:
Peter Alonso looks as advertised
The Mets' top prospect is competing for the starting first base job and wasted no time making the case in his first at-bat.
The 24-year-old slugger crushed a first-pitch fastball over over the cameramen left of the center field wall for a game-tying, two-run home run in the second inning.
Alonso, who had 36 home runs in the minors last year (Double and Triple-A combined), finished 1-for-2 with a walk but his defense remains a concern.
In the top half of the second inning, Amed Rosario made a diving stop on a ground ball but Alonso was unable to scoop the low throw, which was ruled a single, but contributed to a two-run inning for the Braves. It was a ball Alonso said afterward he should have had.
Robinson Cano picks up first hit
Perhaps the Mets' biggest acquisition this offseason, Robinson Cano, picked up his first base hit in a Mets uniform in the top of the third inning.
Batting as the designated hitter, the lefty chopped a ball up toward short but because of the shift he was able to reach base safely by the time an infielder got to the ball. He finished 1-for-3.
J.D. Davis starts at third
With Jed Lowrie out with a sprained capsule in his left knee, J.D. Davis manned the hot corner and showed off his range, making a diving stop on a hard-hit ground ball in the second inning but was unable to get an out on the play. He had a nice day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a single and run scored.
Grading Walker Lockett
The Mets' starting rotation is pretty set in stone at this point, but 24-year-old right-hander Walker Lockett had one good inning and one not-so-good inning as he tries to show he can be dependable arm if needed at some point this season. He breezed through the first by striking out Charlie Culberson to start the game and getting two groundouts but struggled in the second.
Lockett began the second frame with the dreaded leadoff walk but followed with a force out at second before his defense let him down a bit. As mentioned above, Alonso was unable to scoop a low throw from Rosario, which should have made it two outs. Instead, Lockett had first and second and one out and allowed an infield single, sac fly and RBI line drive to center field before his day was done.
Rymer Liriano goes deep
The 27-year-old shortstop entered camp as a non-roster invite but made his mark in the first game by smacking an opposite-field home run in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the game.