The Mets defeated the Braves by the score of 5-2 today at Disney World.
The Least You Should Know…
- Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets and allowed two runs in five innings – he struck out the final six batters he faced.
- The Mets got four innings of scoreless relief from Josh Edgin, Scott Atchison, and Aaron Laffey.
- Lucas Duda homered and walked in three plate appearances – he is hitting .320 since he started 0-for-7 this spring.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:It’s clear Duda is no sure bet to be the starting left fielder on Opening Day. But I bet scored some points with his showing against the Braves today. Not only did he homer, but he walked and worked another deep count, thanks to his ability to lay off some off-speed pitches down. Last year, Duda really struggled with breaking pitches down, but perhaps some of the work he’s done to track pitches in the cage this spring is paying off.
Hefner had an up and down outing today, but he really finished strong. In order for Hefner to be successful, he needs that good downward action on his fastball and off-speed pitches. He struggled in that regard mid-game – his fastball in particular flattened out and he gave up a bomb each to Juan Francisco and Freddie Freeman. But he gathered himself and dominated towards the end of his outing.
The Mets return home to face the Marlins at Tradition Field tomorrow afternoon, with Shaun Marcum facing Henderson Alvarez at 1:10 pm.