The Mets got a good start from Noah Syndergaard, but a shaky Edwin Diaz outing ultimately led to a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Port. St. Lucie. >> Box Score
5 things to know from Wednesday's game...
1) Noah Syndergaard had exactly the kind of performance Mets fans were hoping to see. After an up-and-down 2019 campaign, Syndergaard pitched two scoreless innings in his 2020 spring debut. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters, showcasing that nasty slider that seemed to avoid him for large stretches of last season.
2) Edwin Diaz did not have an encouraging spring debut on Wednesday. Entering a scoreless game in the fourth inning, Diaz immediately allowed a leadoff single to Michael Brantley, followed by an RBI double from Aledmys Diaz. After recording two outs, Diaz allowed another RBI double to Dustin Garneau. He struck out one batter, but allowed two runs on three hits in his first game action.
3) Shortly before first pitch, the Mets scratched Brandon Nimmo due to precautionary additional cardiac screening. In Nimmo's place, the Mets started Ryan Cordell in center field. Cordell responded with two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning.
4) Jeff McNeil, once again hitting out of the leadoff spot and starting at third base, went 1-for-2 at the plate. It's still very early, but McNeil is off to a very encouraging start, hitting .429 in spring with a 1.000 OPS.
5) On the other hand, Pete Alonso was hitless again in three at-bats. Alonso is now 0-for-9 this spring and is yet to reach base. Last year, Alonso hit .352 with four home runs in spring training, forcing the Mets to keep him on the Opening Day roster.
The Mets take on the Miami Marlins on Thursday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.