The Mets were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and ultimately fell to the Marlins, 6-1, on Tuesday. >> Box Score
6 things to know about Tuesday's game...
1) Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and had an up-and-down performance Tuesday. Despite striking out five batters in 3.0 innings on the mound, Syndergaard gave up two earned runs on two hits -- which ended up being too much for the Mets to come back from.
2) Robert Gsellman and Jeurys Familia were among the other pitchers to enter the game. Gsellman struggled in 2.0 innings, allowing one earned run and two hits while striking out none. Familia had himself a quieter outing, striking out a batter and retiring the other two in his 1.0 inning.
3) Jeff McNeil continued making his case for the leadoff spot come Opening Day, picking up another two hits (one home run) in three at-bats.
4) Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso each secured a hit Tuesday -- something that has come easier to Nimmo than it has to Alonso, who is struggling at the plate this spring.
5) Wilson Ramos, Michael Conforto and Jake Marisnick combined to go 0-for-7 at the plate.
6) After giving up two runs in the ninth to widen the Marlins' lead to 6-1, the Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the frame to make things interesting. But David Thompson hit a grounder to short in the game's final at-bat to end any chance of an extremely late comeback.
The Mets will host the Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Marcus Stroman is expected to get the start for New York.