Originally written March 05, 2012 on Mets Fever:
The New York Mets (0-1) fell short in their quest to win the opener of the Grapefruit League against the Washington Nationals (1-2), losing 3-1 behind sloppy defense and control issues.
  • Dillon Gee looked sharp in the first inning but continued to struggle with his out pitch, reaching a 3-2 count on Lombordozzi before finally retiring him on a fly out. Gee allowed a solo home run to Rick Ankiel in the top of the 2nd inning and not much else. More than anything, his control doesn't appear to be spot on, which is understandable this early in spring.
  • Matt Harvey had an interesting debut and appeared a bit rattled, walking 3 over his 2 innings. He worked out of trouble nicely; however, and induced a double play with the bases loaded.
  • The Mets offense came out of the box hot, scoring a run only 2 batters into the game. After Andres Torres singled and stole second, Daniel Murphy drove him in with a liner to right. Unfortunately, that's all there was to note on the offensive side as the Nationals pitching staff was able to tame the Mets.
  • The Mets looked to be demons on the bases, stealing 5 bases while only being caught once.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis made a spectacular diving play in center and looked solid manning the position except for a botched bloop that dropped just beyond 2nd. Nieuwenhuis attempted to make the one handed grab on an easy play and payed the price.
  • Ruben Tejada looked strong at shortstop and was the only player to record hits in both of his at-bats, lining 2 singles. Spraying line drives will be imperative for Tejada if he wants to maintain the level of production he put up a the 2011 season developed.
  • Miguel Batista allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, and looked like he wouldn't escape his 2 innings of work. He managed to escape it, keeping the game within reach.

Tomorrow afternoon the Mets will import 2011 1st round draft pick Brandon Nimmo from minor league camp to play against the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 PM ET. Johan Santana will make his first scheduled start of the spring and a lot of eyes will be on his performance, which will be aired live on SNY.
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