If yesterday’s exhibition game against the Cardinals is any indication, there won’t be a question about the Mets’ lack of power this year. David Wright, Gary Matthews Jr. and Ike Davis all hit home runs in a wild 17-11 game.
Wright’s was first as he hit an opposite field two-run shot in the first inning. Matthews Jr.’s had a solo homer in the fifth, while Davis belted a grand slam in the ninth inning that was just a complete bomb.
However, there are a couple of problems with this. First, can this kind of production be maintained against much better pitching? Second, Wright’s opposite field power was nice to see but probably wouldn’t have cleared the fences in the cavernous Citi Field.
Third, you could really see what the management and scouts are so excited about when you see Davis take a swing. The Mets, however, have indicated they want to give him another year in the minors to get more seasoning. I couldn’t agree more. Take the time to really cultivate a player and don’t rush his development. We could still see him later in the season after he’s had some time in Triple-A.
The Mets pitching is another matter altogether. Starter and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey had a horrendous day, allowing five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
His relief had much more mixed results. Sean Green entered the game, but he might still be struggling with his new, lower delivery. He was tagged with two runs in less than an inning.
Others fared better. Tobi Stoner pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run, while Jack Egbert threw two scoreless innings and recorded three strikeouts.
The Mets have split-squad games today against the Marlins in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. and with the Cardinals in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. The Marlins game will be televised on SNY.
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