Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
- I found it ironic that we talk all the time about how great the pitching is on this team and what happens on the first game they play (against each other)? The game finishes 0-0 after eight innings.
-14 hits on Wednesday against the Braves was the right way to get this pre-season started. It was just the first pre-season game of the season and it was a lot of Mets batters facing Braves pitchers that aren't going to make the 25-man squad, but a win is a win and a lot better than starting with an 8-2 loss.
-Is SS Matt Reynolds real? We've joked with Tom Brennan about this subject for well over a year and this reminds me so much of the days I doubted that Juan Lagares was ever going to make it at the major league level. I'm starting to think I've had this guy pegged wrong all this time and nothing would make me happier to find that the Mets have solved the solution of a star shortstop with finding one within their system. We'll keep an eye on this one and see if Reynolds hits his way into the heart of the coaches and replace the doubles and home run potential that Flores could bring to the plate (nice walk-off home run on Friday though).
-Bartolo Colon and Josh Edgin both had impressive first outings on Thursday which strengthens the belief that the Mets have chosen the correct pitchers to be on their 25-man squad. Colon faced only six batters in the two innings he pitched while Edgin did yield one single with runners on base he inherited but wasn't charged with (you know how I hate that a pitcher walks away with a 0.00 ERA after doing that).It became stronger as the work load got deeper
-I'm not that concerned with what happened to Noah Syndergaard on Friday. He threw a perfect first inning and, after yielding a lead-off single, everything went to hell in his next inning after he tossed a routine ball over to Michael Cuddyer, who seemed to take his eyes off the ball, causing a two-base error. Without this, a ground ball could create a double play and close to being out of another impressive inning, but because of Cuddyer's hiccup, there's a runner on third, no ont, and everything becomes defensive pitching. Shit happens, especially on your first (Syndergaard, Cuddyer) spring game.
-Matt Harvey's debut was impressive. Try to imagine the difference of the final win-loss record on this team if Harvey could deliver 16-20 wins this season? All of baseball is starting to remember just how good he was before he went down and I want to be a believer here also, but I'm still a little scared of a relapse. I'll get back on the Harvey train after around 4-5 starts. I promise.
-One must be impressed that 19 Mets pitchers have made it to the bump this spring and left with a 0.00-ERA, That has to be some first week team record. More importantly, it includes many member of our proposed 12-13 pitching staff going to Queens... Harvey... Colon... Edgin... Familia... Gilmartin... Majia... and Torrez.