Yesterday, the New York Mets snapped a nine-game Grapefruit League losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals:
Dillon Gee, who started for the Mets, threw 72 pitches holding the Nats to three hits and one walk while striking out four over 5 2/3 scoreless frames, lowering his Spring ERA to 3.07.
Following his outing, Gee spoke with reporters and according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York said the following:
It gives you a little bit of confidence going into the year that your pitches are on and you feel all right out there. I’d have to say it probably would be pretty tough going into your first start of the year if you were struggling all spring. So it’s nice to have a couple of outings where I feel like I’m clicking a little bit.”
Lucas Duda, while facing Nationals ‘ace’ Steven Strasburg, delivered an opposite field bomb in the fourth innings to give the Mets a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish. According to Rubin, manager Terry Collins said it is still a priority to get the ‘Dude’ more at-bats in the remainder of the spring:
We’ve got to start getting at-bats for a lot of these guys — Lucas being one of them. As I sit here, I keep track of him every day, and Lucas, he’s got 22 at-bats (actually 18, discounting for sac flies, walks and hit by pitches). He’s got to catch up. We’ve got to start getting guys to 40 and 45 and 50 at-bats here this week. It was good to see him swing the bat like he did, certainly.”
It wouldn’t be a true Mets game if someone didn’t get injuried. And yesterday, that player was Andres Torres. Torres strained his left calf while making a play on an inning ending line drive in the bottom of the second. Torres was lifted from the game and replaced by Adam Loewen and, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, said he doesn’t expect to miss much time:
“Couple days, see how it goes and hopefully I’ll be back soon. It’s a little bit frustrating because I’m feeling really good.”
Mike Baxter is slated to play center Wednesday against the Cardinals and, after Torres was hurt, Jason Bay went to the manager and volunteered to play center as well. Collins said he would look at infielder Jordany Valdespin in center, too. “I’ve got to figure out options,” Collins said. “I asked Jordany if he could play center and he said yes. This kid is athletic as heck.” Collins needs choices because backup Scott Hairston is also idle with an oblique injury. Hairston jogged and threw Tuesday, and Collins was hoping Hairston could take batting practice by the weekend. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, perhaps the Mets’ best outfield prospect, also has an oblique injury and was sent to the minor-league camp earlier this spring.
The Mets are back at it tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 pm.
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