Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan are the top candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation, Terry Collins said on Sunday.
“[Matsuzaka] and Lannan would probably be the two leading guys right now,” Collins said after the Mets lost to the Cardinals in Jupiter (Carig, March 2).
Dice-K allowed one earned run in two innings of work on Sunday, while Lannan threw two shutout innings on Saturday. He struck out three.
Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom are the other pitchers said to be competing for the final spot in the Mets rotation. Montero and deGrom have each thrown two shutout innings so far this spring, with deGrom striking out four and Montero striking out two. Mejia is yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game.
Matsuzaka, who could earn $1.5 million on the MLB roster, can opt out of his contract with the Mets if he is not on the big league team by May 30 (Sherman, Feb. 16).
Lannan could end up in the bullpen if he’s not a starter, Terry Collins said earlier this spring (MetsBlog, Feb. 19).
Ruben Tejada was pulled from the lineup with a tight left hamstring.
Tejada was expected to start at shortstop for the Mets in Jupiter as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
5:21 p.m.: Tejada said he expects to play again on Tuesday (Rohan, March 2).
Anthony Seratelli started in Tejada’s place.
The Cardinals (1-2) beat the Mets (0-3) by a score of 7-1 on Sunday in Jupiter, Florida.
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allowed one earned run in his two innings of work.
Jose Valverde and Logan Verrett each allowed an earned run while on the mound. Jack Leathersich surrendered four earned runs in his 2/3 of an inning of work.
The Mets had just four hits, including a Curtis Granderson double. Granderson went 1-2 with a hit and a walk.
Danny Muno had the only RBI for New York.
For the full box score, visit SNY.tv.
The Mets will travel to Orlando to take on the Braves on Monday.
The Game: Daisuke Matsuzaka will start for the Mets, with Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, Steven Matz, Carlos Torres, Joel Carreno and Jack Leathersich expected to pitch.
New York Mets
- Juan Lagares – CF
- Anthony Seratelli* – SS
- Curtis Granderson – RF
- Ike Davis – 1B
- Josh Satin – 3B
- Brandon Allen – DH
- Travis d’Arnaud – C
- Andrew Brown – LF
- Wilmer Flores – 2B
Diasuke Matsuzaka – RHP
St. Louis Cardinals
- Matt Carpenter – 3B
- Peter Bourjos – CF
- Matt Holliday – LF
- Allen Craig – RF
- Yadier Molina – DH
- Matt Adams – 1B
- Mark Ellis – 2B
- Tony Cruz – C
- Pete Kozma – SS
Michael Wacha – RHP
*Seratelli is starting for Ruben Tejada, who was pulled from the lineup due to a tight left hamstring.
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As many players packed up to make the trip to Jupiter for the team’s third spring training game, a few pitchers long-tossed on the dewy outfield grass of Tradition Field.
RHP Jenrry Mejia, one of the best-coiffed guys in camp, stretched out his arm before a bullpen session with other pitchers.
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Here’s audio of Terry Collins from after Saturday’s loss to the Marlins…
The Marlins defeated the Mets by a score of 9-1 on Saturday in Port St. Lucie.
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started, pitched two innings and struck out three.
Kyle Farnsworth, John Church and Ryan Reid each allowed one earned run, Josh Edgin gave up five runs (three earned) and Vic Black was tagged with an unearned run.
Lucas Duda hit a solo home run.
Zach Lutz went 0-3 with three strikeouts.
For the full recap, visit SNY.tv.
The Mets travel to Jupiter on Sunday to play the Cardinals.
GIF: Matt Harvey photobombs Josh Satin
Matt Harvey photobombed Josh Satin during Saturday’s Marlins/Mets game…
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Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tvNoah Syndergaard
and Zack Wheeler
tossed a side session of 35 pitches on Saturday.
Syndergaard and Wheeler got all their work in during the session as fans lined up around the four mounds between Field 4 and 7 to watch the two young phenoms in action.
Dan Warthen goes over the plan for the pitchers…
Warthen kept a close eye on Syndergaard…