Is it safe to pencil in Livan Hernandez as the Mets fifth starter? He sure made a case for it as he pitched five innings, giving up five hits and only one run today vs. the Atlanta Braves.
Freddy Garcia didn’t help his chances any by following Hernandez with an awful outing. He pitched only two innings but gave up a whopping seven hits and five runs. His spring ERA has ballooned to 16.71.
Another important note was the return of Jose Reyes who had a hit and run on four at-bats. Half of the Mets lineup consisted of projected starters: second baseman Luis Castillo, who had a hit and walk; Daniel Murphy in left field; Ryan Church in right field; and Hernandez on the mound.
Meanwhile, Fernando Tatis had his second home run of Spring Training, plating two. Andy Green followed suit with his own two-run homer. The former Arizona Diamondback made the most of his only at-bat after he subbed in for Castillo.
The Mets next take on the Astros at 1:10 p.m. Thursday. Mike Pelfrey will take the mound, followed by Brian Stokes.