LHP Steven Matz takes the hill as the Mets face the Astros at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday from FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Brandon Nimmo is back in the leadoff spot after batting out of the two hole Friday. He made his return to the lineup in the 3-2 win over the Cardinals after sitting out briefly from spring training action because of cardiac tests. Nimmo singled in his first at-bat and finished 1 for 2 with a run scored. He got the start in center field Friday and stays there Saturday.
|Brandon Nimmo, CF||George Springer, RF|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Myles Straw, CF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Yuri Gurriel, 1B|
|Wilson Ramos, DH||Aldemys Diaz, LF|
|Dominic Smith, LF||Kyle Tucker, DH|
|Eduardo Nunez, 3B||Taylor Jones, 3B|
|Luis Guillorme, 2B||Jack Mayfield, SS|
|Rene Rivera, C||Alex De Goti, 2B|
|Andres Gimenez, SS||Jamie Ritchie, C|
Who is pitching for the Mets?
Matz, who went 11-10 with a 4.21 ERA and 153 strikeouts to 52 walks in 160.1 innings pitched over 32 games (32 starts) last year, and is coming off last Sunday's 3-3 tie against the Cardinals. In his one inning of work as the starter, Matz gave up a leadoff home run before he settled down by retiring the next three batters.
Who is pitching for the Astros?
Framber Valdez, who went 4-7 with a 5.86 ERA and 68 strikeouts to 44 walks in 70.2 innings pitched over 26 games (eight starts), debuted in last Sunday's 2-1 loss against the Nationals. The 26-year-old LHP started out strong with three strikeouts over two innings of work.
As the calendar flips to March, the Mets have a split-squad set Sunday at the Marlins and against the Nationals. One team from the Mets heads to Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, at 1:05 p.m. to face the Marlins. The other stays at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, at 1:10 p.m. to host the Nationals.