No matter what the outcome from last night’s Mets Grapefruit League opener – barring injury or death – it was great to see New York Mets baseball played for the first time since October of last season. Yes the offense proved to be rusty, and there were two errors on the defensive side, but we have to remember this is Spring training, and hopefully some of the gaffes that we saw last night will be ironed out by the time Opening Day ( April 5 ) presents itself to us.
But here are some of the things that I got from last nights game.
Andres Torres has good base running instincts, and is not afraid to try to force the opposition’s defense to try to throw him out.
Dillon Gee’s first inning was excellent. But he had problems locating his pitches in the second inning. He ended giving up one run ( a Rick Ankiel homer) on 2 hits .
Matt Harvey looked great in his first inning, but had issues with his location during his second inning of work. I am not concerned about this Harvey’s control last night. I think was partly due to the fact that this was the first time he ever pitched against MLB hitters.
Daniel Murphy turned a routine doubleplay ball without getting injured.
Ruben Tejada looked sharp both in the field as well as at the plate. He went 2-2 with 2 singles.
Frank Francisco looks like a dead ringer for one time Mets closer, Armando Benitez. The funny thing is he pitched more like John Franco ( nibbling at the plate rather than going after opposing batters).
“Captain” Kirk Nieuenhuis made two exceptional catches in the outfield, but also dropped a routine pop-up which resulted in the Nationals scoring their second run.
Reserve outfielder candidate, Adam Lowen looks like a Young Grizzly Adams.
Lucas Duda was hit in the back by a errant a pitch. Lucas shook it off as if nothing happened.
And it was just good to hear Gary, Keith and Ron in the broadcast booth.
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets third base coach from ’97-’00, Cookie Rojas is 73 (1939).
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed reserve catcher, Rick Wilkins of the New York Mets as a free agent on March 6, 1999. Wilkins had 15 at bats for the Mets during the ’98 season. He batted .133 with 1 r.b.i.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder,Tony Tarasco on March 6, 2001.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Orber Moreno on March 6, 2003. Moreno pitched for the Mets from ’03-’04, compiling a record of 3-1 with an E.R.A of 4.22 with one save in 40 appearances.
The 83 million dollar judgement that was awarded to the victims of Madoff could help feed Mo Vaughn for a week !