Mets(courtesy of mlb.com)
Luis Castillo, who hasn’t played since Thursday with what Manuel has termed a “cranky” right calf, is likely to return to the lineup when the Mets open against Colorado. Castillo singled in a pinch-hit appearance in Saturday’s game, but remained out of the lineup on Sunday. Alex Cora started in his place for the third-consecutive game. He went 3-12 in the weekend series against the Nats.
Maine allowed four runs to the Marlins in his 2010 debut — two of which, came via the long ball.
Maine’s results in his first start likely stemmed from a decrease in his fastball’s velocity. He also attributed the loss to bad location of his fastball and not enough first-pitch strikes.
Whatever the reason for his performance, Mets manager Jerry Manuel expressed his belief that his fastball would return to its normal velocity.
“We’ll continue to hope for that,” Manuel said. “He’s healthy and I don’t see why, being free from setbacks and those types of things, we won’t see that at some point.”
Rockies(courtesy of mlb.com)
The Rockies have hit at least one home run in each of the club’s first six games to begin the season, tying last year’s team that had home runs in six straight games to open the season.
Manager Jim Tracy is pleased with his club’s progress on adjusting to this season’s hitting strategy of staying in the middle of the field and makign adjustments based on the count.
“What I really like is the fact that we’ve taken a program that was put in place and worked very hard at it over the course of six weeks [in Spring Training]. We’re embracing it. We’re doing it. We’re not doing it to perfection just yet, but perfection is a very difficult thing to accomplish in this game.”
Smith, who was making his first start since 2008, gave up just four hits in his opening loss to the Brewers, but two of them were home runs. The most damaging was a three-run shot by Casey McGehee in the first.
“I just missed spots,” said Smith after the game. “It’s not like I got beat up too bad by them. It’s not like they hit pitch after pitch after pitch after pitch.