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Mets spring training recap: Mets spring on Cardinals in 5-4 win

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The Mets celebrated the equinox with an entertaining exhibition win.

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Curtis Granderson went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, Michael Cuddyer mashed a go-ahead two-run homer, and Bartolo Colon was effective over 72 pitches as the Mets beat the Cardinals 5-4 in a spring training tilt.

  • Granderson continues to show positive returns on the ‘Kevin Long Effect’, going with the pitch on each of his three hits, including a double into the left-center gap. In an in-game interview, The Grandyman said he was working on eliminating extraneous movement and going the other way.
  • Wilmer Flores once again showed good footwork and instincts at shortstop, gunning down a runner at the plate on a ball hit right at him while he was playing halfway. He did drop a couple of offline throws, and positioning continues to play a big part in what balls he gets to. So he appears to be what we thought he was at this point – and the results are certainly serviceable.  He went 0-for-3 at the plate, but made solid contact often.
  • Danny Muno got the start at second base and ripped a double off the top of the right-center field wall, missing a homer by four inches. The high-OBP 26 year-old is getting a longer look as a possible utility infielder and switch-hitting bat off the bench. He finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and two strikeouts, and is now hitting .385 on the spring.
  • Cuddyer’s homer almost cleared the giant batter’s eye in center field; quite a clout.
  • The defense bailed out Jennry Mejia in another adventurous ninth inning. After giving up a lead-off double, Mejia fielded a bunt and nearly threw it away to first, being saved by a nifty ‘Dancing with the Stars’ move by Brandon Allen, who went full extension and deftly switched feet on the bag to haul it in. The game ended when C.J. McElroy tried to score on a fairly shallow fly to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in left. The KOST front-runner whipped a perfect throw to Kevin Plawecki at the plate, who picked the in-between hop and applied the tag in time, all while complying with all applicable ‘sliding lane’ rules and associated paperwork.
  • Colon scattered 6 hits and walked one while striking out 5 in 4.2 innings, allowing a two-run homer and often giving his ‘Grumpy Cat’ face to home plate umpire Jeff Gosney as he thought he was getting squeezed. He also looked positively balletic while turning two in the first, and is generally a treasure to the sport of baseball.
  • Carlos Torres came in with runners on to get the last out of the fifth, but was charged with 2 runs in 0.2 innings. To be fair, the Cardinals pulled out some nice professional hitting on a couple of tough pitches, and one of those runs was let in by next reliever up Erik Goeddel.
  • Buddy Carlyle, Scott Rice, and Jeurys Familia combined to hold St. Louis without a baserunner in the seventh and eighth innings.

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