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.
The New York Mets and St. Louis played to a 5-5 tie today in Port St. Lucie. Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell singled in runs in the ninth inning to tie the game.
Fifth-starter candidate Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his second appearance of the spring, gave up two runs on six hits in two innings. Another fifth-starter John Lannan candidate, gave up two runs on three hits in two innings.
Rookie Rafael Montero also worked two innings and gave up on run.
* David Wright and Daniel Murphy played in their first exhibition games of the spring. Murphy went 1-for-2 while Wright was hitless in three at-bats.
* Anthony Recker and Andrew Brown homered for the Mets.
* Manager Terry Collins said Flores would get a start at shortstop early next week.
* Bartolo Colon and Bobby Parnell pitched in an intrasquad game Thursday and are scheduled to pitch Monday against Miami in Port St. Lucie.
The New York Mets dropped to 0-3 today in their exhibition schedule, losing 7-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.
The Mets, who have not played David Wright and Daniel Murphy so far, have been outscored 21-6 in the first three games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, who reportedly has the inside track for the fifth-starter role, gave up one run in two innings. Newly acquired reliever Jose Valverde also gave up a run. The bulk of the damage was in a four-run sixth against lefty reliever Jack Leathersich.
* Curtis Granderson had one of the Mets’ four hits with a first-inning double.
* Wilmer Flores saw time at shortstop as Ruben Tejada was scratched because of a tight left hamstring.
* Here’s a shocker: ESPN reported the Yankees might have interest in former Met shortstop Jose Reyes to succeed Derek Jeter. Who didn’t see that one coming?
* St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta said the Mets offered him two years. The Cardinals gave him four.