The Mets have their only day off today, which means sleeping in, golf, fishing, hanging out by the pool or taking a day trip to just about anywhere.
They can’t go far because they’ll come back for a pair of split-squad games on Thursday against Houston (Dillon Gee) and St. Louis (Jon Niese).
The rotation coming out of the off day is:
Friday: Bartolo Colon against the Cardinals in Port St. Lucie.
Saturday: Noah Syndergaard against Detroit in Lakeland.
Sunday: Matt Harvey against the Yankees in Port St. Lucie.
If you run out the schedule, Colon, Harvey and Jacob deGrom will start the first three games of the season in Washington.
ON DECK: Projecting Opening Day roster.
SNY and WPIX announced their spring-training telecast schedule Monday. All of the televised Mets games will be in Port St. Lucie and begin at 1:10 p.m.
6 Tigers, SNY
7 Braves, PIX11
8 Red Sox, PIX11
9 Marlins, SNY
12 Nationals, SNY
13 Braves, SNY
14 Nationals, PIX11
17 Marlins, SNY
19 Astros, SNY
20 Cardinals, SNY
22 Yankees, SNY
24 Astros, SNY
28 Nationals, PIX11
30 Marlins, SNY
1 Cardinals, SNY
The St. Louis Cardinals, a regular in the NLCS, has hired Mets’ Triple-A hitting coach George Greer to oversee their hitting program throughout their system, reports ESPN.
Didn’t I hear the Mets needed a new hitting coach?
If he’s qualified to be hired by the Cardinals, shouldn’t he at least gotten a serious look from the Mets?
Lefty John Lannan scored points again today in his effort to land a role with the New York Mets. Signed to compete for the fifth-starter job, Lannan could make the Opening Day roster out of the bullpen.
Lannan gave up two unearned runs in four innings, but retired his last eight hitters in a 6-4 loss to St. Louis.
Lannan struck out five, but perhaps more importantly, got nine ground-ball outs. What’s next for Lannan, he doesn’t know, but sounded as if he’ll start again.
“The possibility of [relieving] has been brought up to me, just in conversation,’’ Lannan told reporters in Port St. Lucie. “I started today, and I’m going to act as if I’m starting five days from now, until I’m told otherwise.’’
The Mets are projected to carry seven relievers, but currently Scott Rice would be the only left-hander unless Lannan makes the roster.
ON DECK: Mets Wrap.
Jonathon Niese makes his first start of the spring after dealing with a dead arm and Wilmer Flores will get the start at shortstop.
Here’s the lineup:
Eric Young Jr., lf
Juan Lagares, cf
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, rf
Josh Satin, 3b
Matt Clark, 1b
Travis d’Arnaud, c
Andrew Brown, dh
Wilmer Flores, ss
Omar Quintanilla, 2b
Jonathon Niese, lhp
ON DECK: What to make of Mets’ spring training so far.