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Tigers 2, Mets 1: Dickey and the Relievers Outperform Hitters

The Mets fell to the Detroit Tigers in their spring training game at Digital Domain Park this afternoon.  Victor Martinez may have gone 0-for-4 for the Tigers and left 4 men on base, but two of his outs were grounders, each of which scored a run for the Tigers.

Whether the team wins or loses at this stage is, of course, irrelevant.  R.A. Dickey did just fine today, pitching 4 innings while allowing 2 runs, striking out 1, and walking nobody.  Dickey's walk rate was very good in 2010, particularly for a knuckleballer, and if his performance today is any indicator, he hasn't lost the strike zone.  Dickey also used his new slow-motion knuckleball effectively, inducing a ground out with the under-60 mph pitch, and notched a nifty, rare pickoff at second base.

After Dickey departed, the Mets' bullpen performed very well, totaling 7 strikeouts and only 1 walk through 5 innings.  The walk belonged to Jason Isringhausen, who's slated to pitch again tomorrow in what will be his first attempt at pitching two consecutive days this spring.  Mike O'Connor, Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak, and Bobby Parnell each pitched a clean inning.

In terms of offense, or the lack thereof in this game, Luis Castillo went 0-for-3 while Brad Emaus struck out in his only plate appearance.  Wille Harris went 0-for-4, and Nick Evans picked up a hit in three plate appearances.  In other words, none of the players who are vying for spots on the Opening Day roster did anything to make themselves stand out.

The Mets play two split-squad games tomorrow shortly after 1 pm.  They'll send a team to visit the Astros while hosting a game against the Nationals.  The latter game will be broadcast on SNY.