Mauricio's tear continues, and the Mets are the best kind of boring right now
Ronny Mauricio hits his third home run of the Grapefruit League in the club's 8-4 win. Plus, how New York needs to keep being boring this spring.
What’s Up with the Mets? 🌴
The Mets defeated the Marlins by a score of 8-4 in Jupiter on Wednesday (box)
SS Ronny Mauricio continued his torrid stretch with a pinch-hit home run, his third long ball of Spring Training
SS Francisco Lindor connected on his first home run of the spring and drove in two
1B Pete Alonso went 1-for-3 with his second home run of Grapefruit League play
RHP Tylor Megill allowed one run in two innings of work with no walks or strikeouts
RHP Stephen Nogosek struck out a batter in a scoreless inning of relief work
Today’s Game 🦩
Game 7️⃣ of 3️⃣0️⃣
Match-up: Mets vs. Braves
Where: Clover Park — Port St. Lucie, FL
Starters: RHP Carlos Carrasco vs. LHP Kolby Allard (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
When: 1:10 PM EDT
Where to Watch: SNY
The Mets are boring right now – let’s keep it that way… ✍🏻
The sun is shining, the weather is slowly but surely getting ready to heat up and spring is on its way as baseball is off and running.
This time of year is usually one that comes with a lot of noise and shenanigans, especially around these parts, as Spring Training often brings competitions, over-analysis and sideshows galore. This year, though, the Mets – so far, at least – have actually been pretty boring to talk about. Everything is ho-hum with this franchise right now and honestly… that isn’t a bad thing.
Unless its young players or notable veterans battling for roster spots (which is not even the case with this year’s team as I wrote yesterday), no news is usually good news during Spring Training. If there’s a lot to talk about and harp over, its rarely anything good this time of year.
The Mets are far too familiar with those types of Spring Training stories. Whether its Yoenis Céspedes showing up in a variety of three-wheeled cars, or Noah Syndergaard’s lunch getting thrown in the garbage, or not giving Johan Santana an MRI, or Céspedes getting attacked by a wild boar (man, that guy really loved to make news in the spring) or various front office/coaching controversies, this has often been a wacky and messy time on the calendar for the New York Mets.
And that’s not even getting into losing players to season-ending injuries in exhibition games, which we’ve seen plenty of, as well.
But right now, the Mets are just kinda boring. We know this team is going to be good and compete for an NL East title, there isn’t much in flux with the roster, there are no dumb controversies to speak of and — knock on wood — the team is pretty healthy at the moment.
As long as they can avoid the injury bug that has already begun to plague other teams in the league this past week and there’s no impending wild animal attack coming for one of their outfielders, this should remain as one of the quieter Spring Trainings in recent Mets history.
Let’s keep it that way — the season ahead is set to give us more than enough excitement.
Around the League 🚩
Phillies No. 1 ranked prospect Andrew Painter hit 99 MPH in his spring debut
The Royals officially signed OF Jackie Bradley Jr. to a minor league contract
Giants OF Austin Slater has right elbow neuritis and will not throw or hit for a week, the team told reporters
The Padres signed INF Rougned Odor to a minor league contract (MLB.com)
I never understood the whole Cespedes/ wild boar situation.
If his version is true, why was he punished by the team? And why didn't the Union file a grievance? There's no rule saying a player is accountable if he's attacked.
If it was fiction, why has the truth not been revealed?