They're hungry This is difficult to measure, but in camp thus far, the Mets have talked a lot about how they can't win on talent alone. They need to put it all together, need to play fundamental baseball, need to excel at the finer details. They fell short of the postseason in 2019 and 2020 with teams they felt should have made it.
Observations from the Mets’ spring training game Wednesday: Pillar of strength Kevin Pillar, playing center field and batting leadoff, went 2-for-2 with a walk in the Mets’ 14-9 exhibition loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. The other Jacob Jacob Barnes threw 35 pitches in a third inning that concluded with two outs because of pitch-count restrictions. The right-hander allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks in the inning.
Jerad Eickhoff won’t discount the idea his past success pitching against the Mets led to his minor league deal with the organization this offseason. In 10 career appearances against the Mets — all with the Phillies — the right-hander has pitched to a 2.41 ERA. I believe it probably had something to do with it,” Eickhoff said Wednesday after allowing four earned runs over two innings in the Mets’ 14-9 exhibition loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.