John Lannan retired his final eight batters, but the Mets eventually lost to the Cardinals, 6-4, at Tradition Field.
Lannan faced 15 batters in four innings. He let up two runs, struck out five and have up three hits.
Kyle Farnsworth pitched one inning, during which he gave up a triple and two-run home run.
Bobby Parnell tossed a scoreless ninth inning
In his first game since last Friday, Daniel Murphy went hitless in three at bats with a strikeout.
Juan Lagares had a two-run single with the bases loaded to pull the Mets within two runs in the seventh inning.
The Mets were shutout for four innings by Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez.
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Daisuke Matsuzaka will start for the split-squad Mets as they travel to Space Coast Stadium to face the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. on Thursday. Ross Detwiler will start for Washington.
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This is what I was referring to the other day, when I begged the Mets not to risk Mr. Met’s unprecedented, off-the-charts reputation. He’s been without a voice forever, which has more or less protected him against putting his foot in his mouth (which is more than can be said for other people associated with the organization). Now, there’s the potential for him to be like everyone else…
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Good defense is always an advantage for any pitcher, but it’s practically a necessity when Bartolo Colon is on the mound.
Colon is known for pounding the strike zone, throwing over 68 percent of his pitches for strikes in the last three years. Batters make a lot of contact against him, and put a lot of balls in play, so the onus is on the defense behind him to turn them in to outs.
As a fly-ball pitcher, he is particularly dependent on strong outfield defense. In his two years in Oakland, he had the good fortune to pitch in front of an outfield that ranked in the top 10 in both defensive runs saved and ultimate zone rating (UZR).
This bodes well for his chances of success with the Mets, if the team commits to an outfield of Chris Young, Juan Lagares, and Curtis Granderson on a regular basis, which could very well be the best defensive outfield in baseball in 2014. Additionally, Citi Field’s park factors are similar to those of Oakland Coliseum, which will limit his home run rate.
Swapping out any one of these strong defenders for below-average outfielders Eric Young Jr. and/or Lucas Duda would have a negative impact on Colon’s performance; as well as on the outcomes for Dillon Gee, who puts up a similar fly-ball rate.
To maximize the return on one of their biggest offseason investments, the Mets need to give Colon the tools he needs to succeed. Additionally, if they plan to trade him (or Gee, for that matter) at the trade deadline or during the next offseason, bolstering his numbers with good defense could help the Mets net a larger return. They have the resources available to give Colon this boost and it’s in the team’s best interest to make it happen.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
As I write this, I’d bet Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the final spot in the rotation; Jenrry Mejia goes to Triple-A; Jeurys Familia, John Lannan and Jose Valverde make the final bullpen; and one of Anthony Seratelli or Omar Quintanilla end up on the bench…
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The Mets will host the Cardinals on Wednesday for a 1:10 p.m. game. It will air live on SNY, but not on radio.
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John Lannan will start for the Mets, with Carlos Torres, Cory Mazzoni, Joel Carreno, Kyle Farnsworth, Jeff Walters and Bobby Parnell also expected to pitch.
|1. Eric Young Jr – DH
||1. Matt Carpenter – 3B
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. Peter Bourjos – CF
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Shane Robinson – LF
|4. Curtis Granderson – RF
||4. Matt Adams – 1B
|5. Chris Young – LF
||5. Stephen Piscotty – RF
|6. Eric Campbell – 1B
||6. Kolten Wong – 2B
|7. Taylor Teagarden – C
||7. Randall Grichuk – DH
|8. Juan Lagares – CF
||8. Tony Cruz – C
|9. Ruben Tejada – SS
||9. Pete Kozma – SS
The Mets are still scouting M’s SS Nick Franklin, while also monitoring competition between D-Backs SS Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings, multiple sources told columnist John Harper (Daily News, Mar. 12).
According to Harper, Arizona would likely want Mets C prospect Kevin Plawecki and RHP Rafael Montero in a deal for Gregorius or Owings.
Meanwhile, as of late February, the Mets still had strong interest in signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew (NY Post, Feb. 25). They reportedly offered him a one-year, $9.5 million deal, but he’s still looking for more money and years (Heyman, Feb. 21).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In regards to Franklin, I’m hearing from people scouting him that he leaves a lot to be desired on defense. He’s better on the infield than Wilmer Flores, but not as good as Ruben Tejada. They say he can make the throw to first, his glove is average at best, and he’s OK with the double play, but he struggles with positioning, where and when to be there.
“If Franklin is your every-day shortstop, it’s because you’re OK with having a more offensive-minded shortstop,” MLBPipeline.com’s Jonathan Mayo told me in February, saying he grades below average on every tool but his bat.
The Mariners wanted a young pitcher for Franklin last December, I heard a Vic Black, Jake deGrom-type, or someone similar to the type of arm Sandy Alderson had been asking in return for Ike Davis. I can’t see the Mets making this deal, especially with some injuries in the rotation and a lack of depth in the bullpen.
Meanwhile, it’s clear Drew wants at least a two-year deal, so he doesn’t have to be a free agent again next winter. The Mets are not going to budge until they no longer have a choice. Opening Day is 19 days a way, so there is still time to negotiate. Also, it seems he’s more than willing to wait to until after the June draft to sign a contract, at which point signing him will no longer cost draft-pick compensation.
At the very least, I suppose the Mets could go with Tejada and Flores for two months, see how they progress, and then look to sign Drew as a free agent after June. This may actually be the plan, if you want to call it that…
Ike Davis and Lucas Duda threw to each other at Tradition Field on Wednesday morning.
Davis is not wearing the boot he had on earlier this week to stabilize his calf muscle. Davis last played in a Grapefruit League game on March 2. He has just six official at-bats this spring.
Duda is still recovering from a tight hamstring. He took indoor batting practice Monday for the first time in a week. The team hopes he will play in a game by this weekend (Daily News, Mar. 10).
Duda said he believes he can hit soon, but won’t be able to play in the field for another few days (Ackert, March 12).
Jon Niese made his first official start of the spring Tuesday, throwing two innings, while giving up six hits and four runs. He traveled to New York at the start of camp to have an MRI of his shoulder.
Niese said his shoulder felt good after Tuesday’s game, despite hitting only 79 mph with his fastball during the first inning. He ended his outing throwing in the upper 80s.
“I kind of started off slow and was able to gradually build up,” he said after the game (ESPN NY, Mar. 11). “The more times I get off a mound, the better it will be. … I’m not 100 percent as far as where I want to be pitching-wise, but I think they’re getting more crisp.”
Last season, Niese didn’t pitch from June 21 to Aug. 11 due to a partial tear in his rotator cuff. He returned to go 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA to end the season.
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He says he’s “100 percent.” I’m sure that’s how he feels, but I’m still not sold on his shoulder being a non-issue. He missed time last year. He adjusted his throwing program and workout this past winter, when he focused on building up specific muscles in his shoulder and back. He had an MRI a few weeks ago and says he experienced ‘dead arm,’ which is typical of pitchers this time of year. However, it’s concerning for Niese when in context of the overall shoulder issue, especially since he also complained of pain in his tricep this spring.
The rotator cuff essentially stabilizes the arm. It’s the key to how a pitcher gets consistent rotation on his ball, pitching guru Rick Peterson once told me. The team said MRI results indicate the tear is healing, which must mean it’s small, slight rip. It can heal on its own without surgery, even if pitching, assuming they make adjustments in delivery to relieve stress on his body. But, the need for an MRI, complaints of ‘dead arm,’ the tricep, and yesterday’s sporadic velocity will probably keep me skeptical of his health until I see otherwise…
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John Lannan will start for the Mets on Wednesday as they face the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. ET at Tradition Field.
The game will air live on SNY. It will not be on radio.
Lannan has allowed just one earned run in four innings this spring. However, Terry Collins recently said he will start being considered as a possible second left-handed reliever, since the team sent Josh Edgin and Jack Leathersich to minor-league camp earlier this week.
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Terry Collins expects Daniel Murphy (shin) to return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, he said after the Tuesday’s game. Murphy participated in team workouts outdoors on Tuesday.
The team hopes to get Lucas Duda (hamstring) and Ike Davis (calf) at bats in a minor-league game before the end of the week. Collins said both players did light work indoors Tuesday, though Davis is still wearing a protective boot.