The Mets lost to the Astros, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie >> Box score
Six things to know about Saturday's game
1. Noah Syndergaard was uncharacteristically wild, walking five batters in 2.2 innings (he walked just 39 all of 2018), but he allowed no hits and struck out four while giving up just one unearned run as his fastball sat around 98 MPH and his changeup hit 93 MPH -- yes, 93.
2. Michael Conforto's hot spring continued, as he blasted as solo homer off Astros starter Justin Verlander and went 2-for-3 overall with a pair of RBI. He is hitting .400 in 15 Grapefruit League at-bats.
3. Edwin Diaz made his Mets debut and was a bit wild, walking two batters. With his fastball sitting at 98 MPH, he didn't allow a hit and struck out one (the final batter he faced) in 1.0 inning.
4. Wilson Ramos had a 3-for-3 day, including a grand slam he belted to right field.
5. As the first base battle continued, Pete Alonso (starting at first base) struck out in both of his at-bats as his batting average dipped to .357. Dominic Smith (starting as the DH) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as his batting average dipped to .455.
6. Justin Wilson and Jeurys Familia both struggled while working 1.0 inning each. Wilson allowed two hits (both homers) and two runs, while Familia allowed two hits on two runs while walking one and striking out two.
The Mets travel to Jupiter to play the Cardinals on Sunday at 1:05 PM.