The New York Mets suffered their first loss of 2019 today against the Houston Astros, and it was a rough one. The reigning AL West champions delivered a 10-1 shellacking to the Mets at First Data Field this afternoon, with the latter team being held hitless for the last six innings of the game.
The main event coming into the game was Jacob deGrom, who experienced his first game action since winning the 2018 Cy Young Award. While his velocity was approaching midseason levels (with his fastballs sitting at 97 MPH and touching 98), he nevertheless did something that he didn’t do very often last season: he gave up a run. Tony Kemp greeted him with a leadoff double, and after subsequently putting away the next two batters, deGrom gave up a single to Tyler White which brought Kemp home. The Mets ace did finish the inning with a strikeout, and he was removed from the game having thrown 17 pitches. He would end up taking the loss on the afternoon.
Some other highlights from today’s action:
- After homering in his first at-bat of spring training yesterday, Peter Alonso was back in the lineup on Sunday as the DH and continued to make his case for the starting first baseman job, as he played the entire game and cracked an opposite field double in the first inning. He was hitless for the rest of the day, however, as he followed his extra-base hit with an infield pop-up in his second at-bat, a flyout to right field in his third, and a flyout to center field in his fourth.
- Keon Broxton, another player auditioning for a prominent role with the team in spring training, got the start in center field and batted leadoff, but he went 0-3 on the day with a strikeout before being pulled. In happier news, however, he gave an in-game interview with Steve Gelbs in which he discussed, amongst other things, his sixteen—yes, sixteen—dogs.
- 2017 first-round pick David Peterson replaced deGrom on the mound in the second inning, and he did not impress in his spring training debut. The left-handed pitcher, who ranked fourth on our list of top Mets’ prospects for 2019, gave up three runs on four hits (including a two-run triple off the bat of Kemp) and one walk without recording any strikeouts in his lone inning of work.
- The Mets’ lone run of the afternoon came with one out in the bottom of the second inning. Luis Guillorme hit a ground-rule double to left field, and Gregor Blanco swiftly drove him in with a single to center field. But Blanco subsequently got thrown out trying to steal second base, and the Mets could not get anything else going in that inning or for the remainder of the day.
- Wilson Ramos had a successful spring training debut today, as the Mets’ new catcher had two opposite field singles before being removed from the game in the fourth inning.
- 31-year-old minor leaguer Tim Tebow got the start in left field. He had a minor defensive miscue in the first inning, as he first got a bad break on a fly ball in foul territory and then couldn’t hold onto the ball on a diving catch attempt. At the plate, the left-handed hitter went 0-2, with both at-bats resulting in line drive outs to left field (the first of which could have been an extra-base hit if not for an excellent diving catch by Astros center fielder Miles Straw).
- Third base prospect David Thompson had a rough defensive game, as he had two errors in two innings—first on a line drive bouncing off his glove in the fifth inning, and then an inability to handle a potential double play ground ball in the sixth.
- Paul Sewald, Tim Peterson, and Ryan O’Rourke each threw scoreless innings before Arquimedes Caminero came on to pitch the sixth inning and allowed the floodgates to open up. The non-roster invitee gave up six runs on five hits, including a three-run homer to Chuckie Robinson. Casey Coleman, Josh Torres, and Ryder Ryan followed this poor showing by each throwing their own scoreless inning.
Full box score: MLB.com.
The Mets and Astros will be back at it tomorrow at 1:05 EST, with the action moving to FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. The next televised game on SNY will be on Tuesday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers.