Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/28
Grapefruit League Game 1 is in the books. The Mets lost, 5-4, after leading most of the afternoon.
What we learned: Rookie fifth-starter candidates Rafael Montero (above, on mound) and Jacob deGrom may be legit. Those two combined for four scoreless innings against the Nationals with six strikeouts in their spring debuts. … Jon Niese may have set himself up for his recent bout with shoulder soreness due to focusing too fully on strengthening his rotator cuff — and not the surrounding muscles — this winter.
What we wrote:
- Nationals 5, Mets 4: Ike homers after rookie duo deals early
- Montero, deGrom make strong first impression
- Niese expecting full health by Opening Day
- Davis, Duda begin first-base competition in earnest
Around the league:
- Offseason of change: CC Sabathia stronger than ever
- Mike Trout starts spring in grand fashion
- Hisashi Iwakuma out three more weeks as injured finger heals
- Zack Greinke’s Australia status uncertain after calf strain
They said it:
“What you saw were guys throwing strikes with good stuff. That plays anytime.” –Manager Terry Collins on Montero and deGrom
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