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Spring training recap: Mets stomp half of Washington, win 13-4

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New York scored a baker's dozen for the second straight day in an easy make-believe win over the split-squad Nats.

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David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, and John Mayberry, Jr. each hit home runs and the Mets pitchers had little trouble dispatching the split-squad Nationals, on the way to a 13-4 rout.

  • Lucas Duda saw his first action of the spring, and showed no ill effects from the oblique strain that had sidelined him to this point, ripping an inside fastball for a line drive single his second at-bat. His only at-bat against a lefty was a solid one…until with two strikes, his front shoulder flew out on a curveball away, and he flailed way too early for strike three. He finished 1 for 4 with 2 Ks.
  • 24-year old Tyler Pill got the spot start, going 2.1 innings and allowing one hit, one walk, and no runs while striking out one. He was excellent not only because he shares his hometown with Bill and Ted (San Dimas High School Football RULES), but because he worked both inside and outside to good effect, mostly keeping away from the meat of the bat. His fastball topped out at 89, he threw a nice hard 86 MPH slider, and also showed a curve and change.
  • Both Wright’s and Mayberry’s bombs were absolutely monstrous. Wright sent it over the giant batter’s eye just right of center, showing that he has his power alley stroke back.
  • Juan Lagares went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, hitting solid line drives in each at-bat.
  • Cuddyer’s slow start to the spring is now a distant memory, as he added a single to his solo home run in 3 trips to the plate.
  • Dillon Gee looked like he was going to work his way out of a runners-at-second-and-third-no-out jam until a chopper was misplayed by Daniel Murphy – which could easily have been ruled an error instead of a two-run single.  Gee struck out two in his inning of relief.
  • Apart from the play above and a couple of misplays by Mayberry in right field (one lost in the sun), the Mets flashed some pretty nice leather at times.  Murph made some tough plays going to his right, Mayberry had a sweet diving catch in the gap, Lagares made an over-the-shoulder catch seem yawn-worthy, and Brandon Allen looked good around first base.
  • Kevin Plawecki ripped a bases loaded double to right-center on the first pitch he saw, clearing the bases in the 8th inning.
  • Vic Black was nonchalant about his clean MRI in an in-game interview, mostly talking about Clash of Clans and how it has taken over the clubhouse.
  • Some notable meaningless team stats after scoring 37 runs in their last 3 spring games: To this moment, the Mets are tops in MLB in OBP (.390), 2nd in batting average, 2nd in slugging, 2nd in walks, and 2nd in runs.

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