The Mets lost today to the St. Louis Cardinals in Port St Lucie, Florida, but that doesn’t really matter. Since when did anyone really care about the score in March?
What I really care about is the fact that Carlos Delgado was able to not only hit the ball to the opposite field, but was able to knock it out of the park for his first homer of the Spring.
On the mound, though, things didn’t look so pretty. Johan Santana started, but his change-up made batters look at him like he was Guillermo Mota. In other words, he didn’t do so hot. He did, however, throw five innings, which is making everything feel more and more like Opening day is approaching faster that ever. He ended up allowing four runs, three of which were earned. He also struck out five and walked only one.
Ricardo Rincon, who has been great for the Mets so far this Spring, started an inning but couldn’t complete it, a rare thing in Spring Training. You don’t want to be that pitcher making the manager have to get out of the dugout in the Spring to make a pitching change. Joselo Diaz finished that inning out for him.
Following him was Billy Wagner, who threw a scoreless inning and had a fastball that was in the mid-90’s, which is a great sign.
Then came along Joe Smith–nooottt so much. Ever since he lost his magic touch last season when his arm died on him, he hasn’t been the same. He had bad control today, walking two. To sum it all up, he gave up two runs.
Aaron Heilman had the boring job today, because he pitched the last inning when his team was down by seven. He stopped the bleeding by ending the game and sending everyone home happy.
Did anyone get any memories today? Like, for example, maybe the fact that Cards catcher Yadier Molina played in the same game that Aaron Heilman pitched in? Hmm…
How about the offense? I already told you that Mr. Delgado was able to do his part for the day, but how about the rest of the crew?
Of course other than Angel Pagan, who ends up with a hit every single day, nobody else really contributed to the offensive side of the Mets.
First fifteen days of March complete. Fifteen more, then off to Miami we go.