Mets chop Braves while Johan throws to minors

The Braves made the journey from Disney today only to get beat by a walk-off against their  division rivals, 5-4.

Mets catcher Raul Casanova, who could end up on the opening day roster, helped his chances by knocking a home run against Braves’ starter Tim Hudson in the third. Rafael Arroyo sent the Mets home by slapping a single the opposite way to score in the winning run.

With Johan’s opening day start quickly approaching, he threw to minor leaguers as Mets prospect Jonathon Niese filled in on the mound. Niese ended up throwing over four innings, allowing two runs.

Maybe like myself, you saw Joe Hietpas walking around Mets camp last year with shin guards and a catchers glove. This year, maybe you saw him walk on a mound. The Catcher-turned-pitcher had a nice 1.1 innings of relief today, giving up no runs.

With only three more days in Port St. Lucie and four more days of exhibition games altogether, I can guarantee you the Mets are already thinking about Miami. The Mets will face the Marlins in their season opener on Monday at 4:10 pm, televised on SNY

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