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Spring training recap: Mets beats Marlins 6-4

Rainbows shot out of Mets bats late in the game, which seems likely in an imaginary game, of which there are many in Spring Training.

Close one, laddy!
Close one, laddy!
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Jacob deGrom cruised through five shutout innings and Johnny Monell crushed a go-ahead homer in the eighth to cap a five-run rally as the Mets made Irish eyes smile with a St. Patty’s Day 6-4 comeback victory over the split-squad Marlins.

  • deGrom needed merely 49 pitches (36 strikes) to get through five innings, allowing only a leadoff single to Jordany Valdespin, while striking out six.
  • The only well-hit balls off deGrom were by Adeiny Hechavarria, who came to Miami in the trade that sent Jose Reyes to Toronto. Both balls were hit to right field; one took a nice play by Curtis Granderson in the gap to track it down. Maybe that’s why Terry Collins wants the Grandyman over there?
  • On the other side of the outfield, there was a near collision in left-center between Cuddyer and Lagares on a routine fly ball. It did not appear that Lagares called for it vocally as he battled the sun.
  • Terry Collins did not miss a chance to overmanage a full two weeks before the regular season. Scott Rice only faced one hitter – Jordany Valdespin beat out a chopper to second base to lead off the seventh – before getting the hook. Erik Goeddel was brought in to see how he would fare with runners on. 1950s sideshow Eddie Gaedel may have been a better option. A double and a meatball homerun later, and the Mets were behind 3-1.
  • The luck of the Irish was not with Daniel Murphy today. In addition to backing up on Valdespin’s chopper when he should have charged, he also ran himself out of a scoring opportunity by trying to go to third on a ball hit right at the shortstop.
  • Wilmer Flores looked fluid in the field, showing good footwork going to his left on a couple of plays, while taking an 0-for-3 at the plate.
  • Jennry Mejia proved he is just as effective (and hair-raising) post-haircut, as he got the save with a tumultuous inning of work while showing off a still-dope mini-fro. After retiring the first two hitters, the tying runs got on base with singles. A diving play by Danny Muno and a nice scoop at first by Brandon Allen nailed down the last out.
  • Steven Matz pitched one uneventful inning of relief.  With a shortage of lefties in the Mets' pen, might his fastest route to the majors be as a reliever?

KOST update: It should be no surprise that the top candidates for King Of Spring Training had their fingerprints all over the game-changing rally. Just look at the video game numbers below.

  • Johnny Monell (.440, 3 HR, team-high 8 RBI in 25 ABs) has the name of a 1950s crooner, and if his voice is as sweet as his swing, he would be what is known in show business as a triple threat -- since he can also catch.
  • John Mayberry Jr. (.480, 2 HR, 6 RBI) yanked a couple of would-be homers foul while pinch-hitting against lefty Mike Dunn, eventually settling for a walk to start the rally in eighth.
  • Kirk Niewehuis (.483, team-leading 14 hits) was also in the middle of the eighth inning rally, whacking a ground-rule double and scoring in his only plate appearance.

GameThread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the GameThread embiggens us all.

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