From Jacob deGrom‘s mediocre outing to Travis d’Arnaud‘s inconsistent throwing, we cover it all in the New York Mets Amazin’ news.
We have now officially come to the horribly boring stage of MLB spring training. It’s usually always a bore, aside from the opening stages when that spring smell fills the air, but now, as we hit late March, it’s time to put the Grapefruit League in the rearview mirror and get on with the big show.
This narrative is no different for the New York Mets.
The Amazins, who look to capture that World Series championship that’s eluded them since 1986, are currently lumbering to the finish line at Port St. Lucie.
Jacob deGrom, after looking stellar throughout most of March, finally suffered a mediocre start. He surrendered four runs and seven hits over 5.1 innings.
The bright side of Sunday brought Yoenis Cespedes‘s golden arm as he seemingly flicked a ball from left field while ranging to his right, gunning out a runner at second base.
Needing bullpen help, Fernando Salas returns to the team after Team Mexico was eliminated from the WBC.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News explains how Jay Bruce is already feeling the hurt after playing first base.
“Honestly I think it has to do with taking ground balls at first base, being in a different position, having your hips so engaged, the hip flexor just flared up a little bit,” Bruce said. “It was fine, think you saw me moving around (during morning drills). It’s not anything alarming for sure, just one of those ‘nip it in the bud,’ situations.”
Matthew Solof of ESNY asks the real Travis d’Arnaud to please stand up and shows us how a simple adjustment has made all the difference in the world for the Mets catcher.
Speaking of d’Arnaud, while he’s remained red hot at the plate, he still can’t gun anybody down at second base, via Marc Carig of Newsday.
Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com tells us that Neil Walker is finally feeling “pain-free” after offseason surgery.
Rafael Montero continues his stellar spring, making a real case for that fifth rotation spot.