Johan Santana took the mound today against the Cardinals. He only pitched three innings, but he allowed two solo home runs, giving St. Louis their only runs of the game.
The Mets had some long balls of their own, racking up three in three consecutive innings, all by catchers. Omir Santos had two of those homers, driving in three runs, while Rene Rivera had one of his own, scoring two more runs. They accounted for all five team RBI. Alex Cora, Jeremy Reed and Santos had two hits apiece.
Mets relievers finished out the game and didn’t allow any more runs. If the past few games are any indication, it looks like the bullpen might be more stable than the starters right now. It’s a positive sign for the Mets’ efforts to revamp the pen. Time and the regular season will tell whether or not they can maintain the quality.
None of today’s relievers have a spring ERA of three or more, except for Elmer Dessens. He pitched two innings and only allowed two hits but struck out two.
The Mets play their final Florida Spring Training game at 1:10 p.m. Thursday. Mike Pelfrey will pitch against the Orioles at Tradition Field.