Pete Alonso homers, Jett Williams delivers RBI single as Mets top Cardinals

The Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, on Wednesday afternoon as their spring training slate continued.

Here are the takeaways...

- Leading off and playing right field in his first game of spring training, Starling Marte came close to hitting a home run in his first at-bat as he drove one to the warning track in right. Marte struck out swinging in his second and final at-bat.

Manager Carlos Mendoza said before the game that the plan with Marte would be for him to only have a couple of at-bats as he eases in.

- Pete Alonso golfed a solo homer down the left field line in the fourth inning. Alonso, who doubled twice Monday, has had a blazing hot start to the spring, hitting .667 with a 2.381 OPS.

- Jett Williams entered the game late and had a run-scoring infield single in the seventh inning in what was his only at-bat.

- Trayce Thompson's torrid spring continued, as he ripped a double down the left field line and hit a long solo homer to center. In his last start, Thompson had a grand slam. The outfielder struggled in 2023, but had a terrific season for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022, slashing .268/.364/.537 with 13 homers and 14 doubles in 74 games.

- A few pitchers who are battling for one of the final spots in the bullpen had good outings. Reed Garrett worked around a single while striking out two in a scoreless frame, while Josh Walker fanned a pair in a perfect inning.

- Brett Baty's bat stayed quiet. He grounded out to second base in his first at-bat before striking out swinging his second and final time up. Mark Vientos also had a silent day at the plate, going 0-for-3. 


Upcoming schedule

The Mets travel to face the Houston Astros on Thursday at 6:05 p.m.

Jose Quintana gets the start for New York in his spring training debut, with Tylor Megill among the other expected pitchers.