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Jacob DeGrom, Long Ball Help New York Mets to Exhibition Win

March 28th, 2015 at 5:39 PM
By Mike Phillips

As Opening Day is just under 10 days away, the New York Mets look like they are rounding into form just in time to start the season. Starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivered another fine outing against the Washington Nationals, allowing one run over seven innings of work. The Mets also provided him with plenty of run support, launching four homers in a 10-2 victory over their division rivals at Tradition Field.

The only blip on deGrom's line came in the seventh, when he gave up a very long solo homer to Bryce Harper. Apart from that, deGrom was stellar once again. deGrom allowed only four hits on the afternoon and struck out four, lowering his ERA for the exhibition season to a stellar 2.45.

Offensively, the Mets got their bats going against Nationals' starter Stephen Strasburg. The big blows came in the third inning, when Curtis Granderson and David Wright delivered back to back home runs to put the Mets in front. Backup catcher Johnny Monell and first baseman Lucas Duda also got in on the act, as both homered as part of a four run seventh inning. Matt Reynolds, who is still fighting for a roster spot if Daniel Murphy needs to begin the year on the disabled list, also contributed an RBI double in the frame.

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New York Mets Concerned Daniel Murphy Won’t Be Ready for Opening Day

March 28th, 2015 at 8:22 AM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have gotten good news about half of their middle infield as Wilmer Flores has returned to action. Flores has looked just fine after missing a few days with a bone bruise on his right foot. Flores' double play partner, Daniel Murphy, is still missing in action though. Murphy hasn't played since straining his right hamstring over a week ago, and now manager Terry Collins is concerned that Murphy won't be ready to go on Opening Day.

Hearing this news coming from Port St. Lucie is a bit of a surprise, especially given a report from ESPN New York's Adam Rubin that indicated Murphy ran the bases yesterday without an issue. Considering Murphy has already missed a week of action and since the Mets still have another eight exhibition games, its possible a potential regular season absence would be very short. The Mets need to play this injury right since they don't have many options if their top players get injured, and rushing Murphy back could lead to a re-injury with a lengthier absence.

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Matt Harvey Delivers Another Solid Outing in Latest Tuneup

March 27th, 2015 at 6:19 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have only eight exhibition games left after today, so now is the time the team's pitchers usually lengthen their arms out before their regular season debuts. That was the case for Matt Harvey today, who was allowed to toss 80 pitches in his second to last tuneup before the regular season. Those 80 pitches lasted Harvey 4.1 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, and he looked phenomenal again. Harvey allowed only one earned run on three hits while striking out five and walking none.

In spite of Harvey's strong effort, the Mets fell to the Cards 5-4 late. The Cardinals got the rest of their offense via the long ball, as Carlos Torres served up a solo homer in the sixth to Rafael Ortega. Ortega struck again for the Cards in the eighth, crushing a three run homer off of Jenrry Mejia to put them up 5-1. The Mets tried to rally late by scoring three in the ninth inning, but they left the tying run stranded at second to end the game.

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Big Eighth Inning Lifts Mets Over Nationals 8-3

March 27th, 2015 at 2:33 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (14-10) defeated the Washington Nationals (9-11) by a score of 8-3 in Grapefruit League action Thursday afternoon. After failing to put runs on the board through the first five innings of the contest, the Mets exploded for eight runs over the game's final four frames, including a four-run eighth, to put them ahead for good.

Game Highlights

  • Gio Gonzalez started for Washington and kept the Mets off the board for the first five innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out five. With the strong outing, Gonzalez improved his spring ERA to 2.63.
  • With Jonathon Niese pushed back from his scheduled start with the threat of inclement weather looming, Matt Bowman came up from minor league camp and was lights out in his own right, allowing just two hits and a walk in five innings
  • The Mets homered three times in the contest, including back-to-back jacks in the eighth from Matt Reynolds and Juan Lagares. Matt den Dekker also went deep to cap off a 2-for-2 day with two RBI.
  • Craig Stammen (L, 1-1) took the loss, allowing four runs, on three hits, including both homers and a walk in just 2/3 of an inning of work.
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Bobby Parnell Continues Rehab in Minor League Game

March 26th, 2015 at 9:29 AM
By Mike Phillips

Bobby Parnell has often been the forgotten man in the New York Mets' bullpen. Just over a year ago, Parnell appeared to be firmly entrenched as the Mets' closer of the future. That lasted until Opening Day, when a poor outing and mysterious velocity dip led the Mets to send Parnell for an MRI. Parnell ended up needing Tommy John surgery and was lost for the season at that point, but he has been working his way back ever since.

While Parnell is a bit behind Matt Harvey in his rehab schedule, he took another big step forward yesterday. Parnell pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Miami Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. The outing was Parnell's first appearance in a game situation in almost a year, and he fared well. Parnell tossed 17 pitches and allowed only a double. While Parnell's velocity was a bit down, Parnell indicated that he was simply trying to avoid overthrowing in his first game back.

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