The Mets have yet to even play competitive baseball at their spring training base in Port St. Lucie, but that hasn't stopped Yoenis Cespedes from becoming the talk of the town. The outfielder has gained attention by riding in fancy cars, purchasing a prize hog, and going full cowboy in recent days. This afternoon, however, he'll probably do a lot of chilling on the side while the Mets play their first intrasquad game.
Only five of the players in the starting lineups for today's game are projected to appear on New York's 25-man Opening Day roster. Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Alejandro De Aza, and Michael Conforto are scheduled to make two plate appearances a piece, while Kevin Plawecki will start the game behind the plate.
There is a lot of star power on the Team Blue bench, but don't expect those guys to see much action. We already know that David Wright is going to get limited playing time in March, and Curtis Granderson has been diagnosed with pinkeye. The sexiest hitter in either starting lineup is probably Dominic Smith, the hot prospect batting sixth for Team Orange.
The pitchers are somewhat interesting even though the big studs are sitting out. Sean Gilmartin and Logan Verrett, both of Team Blue, are candidates for the big league bullpen, while Team Orange's Robert Gsellman is one of the club's top remaining pitching prospects.
Will the extreme depth of Team Blue be enough for the win, or will Smith power Team Orange to an upset victory? The action starts at 12:15 p.m. Unfortunately, there is no television or radio broadcast, but I'm sure our favorite Twitter people down in Florida will keep us up-to-date with what is going on. New York's first spring training contest against a different team is on Thursday versus the Nationals in Viera.