The Mets beat a sorry-looking Astros team 6-2 today in Port St. Lucie behind home runs and Zack Wheeler's three scoreless innings. Granderson took southpaw Astros starter Rudy Owens deep for a two-run home run in the first inning and added a mammoth solo shot in the second inning off Jorge De Leon. On Granderson's home runs, Terry Collins had this to say:
"I hope to see 25 more of those when the bell rings"
25? How about 40?
Wheeler allowed two hits in his three innings of work, striking out three while walking none. He needed just 40 pitches and was hitting the mid-90s on the radar gun. The Astros radio announcer calling the game said that Wheeler once spent 30 hours straight playing the video game "Call of Duty" this offseason. Maybe it will aid his concentration.
Chris Young notched an RBI double in the first inning and Brandon Nimmo added an RBI single in the sixth inning. Nimmo subbed for Young in center field before the sixth. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-3. Jonathan Villar hit a two-run home run off Erik Goeddel to account for the Astros' runs.
Nice job by Steve Sypa; his effort in the gamethread embiggens us all.