Here are the starting lineups for today’s game with Detroit, which will be telecast on SNY.
New York Mets
Juan Lagares, cf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Travis d’Arnaud, c
Wilmer Flores, ss
Anthony Recker, dh
Matt Harvey, p
Anthony Gose, cf
Jose Iglesias, ss
Rajai Davis, lf
Nick Castellanos, 3b
Jordan Lennerton, 1b
Bryan Holaday, c
Daniel Fields, dh
Andrew Romine, 2b
Xavier Avery, rf
David Price, p
Bartolo Colon was perfect in his first exhibition start, retiring all six hitters in the Mets’ 5-4 loss Thursday to the Nationals.
“I felt pretty good today, but I’m not quite there yet – season-ready,’’ Colon told reporters. “I didn’t throw everything I needed to throw. It was my first time facing batters. But I was pretty happy with what I did. I had good control of all of my pitches.’’
Colon will next pitch Tuesday against minor league hitters. He is expected to throw over three innings.
At 41 entering the season, Colon said his goal is to exceed 200 innings for the second straight year.
METS MUST IMPROVE VS. NATS: Mets manager Terry Collins gives the edge to Washington’s rotation to that of his own team, “maybe because of experience.’’
If the Mets are to be competitive this year they must improve head-to-head against the Nationals.
“We can’t go 5-14 next year. You can’t,’’ Collins told reporters. “You’ve got to play better. … I think now our bullpen has settled down a little bit and I think we’re in a little bit better shape.’’
NEXT UP: The Mets host Detroit Friday at 1:10 p.m., with Matt Harvey getting the start. It will be his first game since Aug. 24, 2013. Noah Syndergaard will follow Harvey. … The sons of murdered NYPD officer Rafael Ramos will be the batboys.
Well, that lasted a long time. On the day after the Mets announced Daniel Murphy will keep his religious comments to himself, he is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Outside the Lines along with Billy Bean today at 3 p.m.
The Mets play at Washington, Thursday (5:05 p.m.), with Bartolo Colon getting the start.
COLON: Goes tonight.
Colon, whom the Mets hoped to trade in the offseason, is under consideration to be the Opening Day starter.
The 41-year-old Colon won 15 games last season with the Mets and logged 202.1 innings. Colon averages 216 innings pitched during his 17-year career.
Colon has pitched for nine teams in his career, which began in 1997 with Cleveland. He also pitched for Montreal, the White Sox (two stints), the Angels, Boston, the Yankees, Oakland and the Mets.
Gabriel Ynoa, Cory Mazzoni and Josh Edgin will also work tonight for the Mets.
ON DECK: Lay off Daniel Murphy.
As far as first impressions go, Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a great one going 4-for-4 with a RBI in the Mets’ 8-2 rout of Atlanta.
Nieuwenhuis, who is out of options, is competing Matt den Dekker for a reserve outfield spot. Not having options gives Nieuwenhuis an edge.
“He’s out of options, so it’s nice to see him have a big day,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters. “He’s had to battle so many injuries in the last couple of years. The one thing we saw both he and Matt do, that’s shorten their swings up a little bit to where they can put the ball in play more consistently.’’
Today’s box score: Mets 8, Atlanta 2
GEE ROCKED: Dillon Gee, whom the Mets are trying to deal, gave up two runs in a two-inning, 35-pitch debut.
Gee is next scheduled to pitch Sunday out of the bullpen.
EXTRA INNINGS: Wilmer Flores left the game in the fifth inning when he was hit by a pitch on his left pinkie finger. … Flores’ replacement, Matt Reynolds had a RBI single. … Leadoff hitter candidate Juan Lagares had two hits, including a double, with a walk and run scored. … Lucas Duda, out with a left intercostal muscle strain, swung the bat. … Former Met Eric Young, stole a base on Travis d’Arnaud. … The Mets play Washington Thursday (5:05 p.m.), with Bartolo Colon getting the start. Gabriel Ynoa, Cory Mazzoni and Josh Edgin will also work for the Mets.