Mets takeaways from Saturday’s loss to Nationals, including strong Jordan Yamamoto and Edwin Diaz outings

Jordan Yamamoto pitching in Mets spring training blue jersey

Jordan Yamamoto pitching in Mets spring training blue jersey

The Mets got some strong specific trips on the mound, however unsteady defense at 3rd base assisted the Nationals leave with a 4-3 win on Saturday night.

Here are a couple of essential takeaways from Saturday’s video game …

– The Mets took an early lead thanks to some less than excellent Nationals defense. After Michael Conforto was struck by a pitch with 2 outs and nobody on, JD Davis singled, however a mistake by Juan Soto moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd. James McCann then struck a grounder to 3rd baseman Carter Kieboom, who tossed the ball away, permitting both goes to rating.

Jordan Yamamoto got the start on the mound for the Mets, staked to an early 2-0 lead. In the very first, he struck Trea Turner out swinging, however he likewise enabled a two-out RBI double to Josh Bell, cutting into the Mets’ lead.

The 24-year-old settled in well, publishing back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the 2nd and 3rd. Yamamoto will likely begin the season at the Triple-A level, however he might show to be an important depth piece for the Mets’ rotation must anybody decrease with an injury. He completed his night with 3.1 innings pitched, permitting one made work on 2 hits while starting out 2. His spring AGE is now 1.08.

Edwin Diaz was available in to pitch the 5th inning, and it was as soon as again a spick-and-span outing for the 26-year-old. Diaz started out Alex Avila and Kieboom swinging as part of a 1-2-3 inning of work. He has actually not enabled a base-runner this spring.

Francisco Lindor had another peaceful night at the plate going 0-for-3 with a number of strikeouts. It’s never ever a good idea to put excessive stock into spring training efficiencies, however Lindor is now slashing simply .125/.176/.125 this spring.

Kevin Pillar reached base upon a walk in the 2nd inning, and after that took 2nd and 3rd base prior to being left stranded. Likely to be a 4th or 5th outfielder on the Mets’ 26-man lineup, Pillar has actually had an excellent spring, slashing .353/.450/.588.

– Defense at 3rd base continues to be an aching area for the Mets this spring. With Davis currently having some difficulties, it was Jonathan Villar beginning at 3rd on Saturday. In the bottom of the 6th, the Nationals pressed the connecting encounter thanks to a two-out mistake by Villar. The unearned run was credited Jeurys Familia, who strolled one batter and started out one batter in the inning.

Villar had 2 mistakes in the video game, and Mark Vientos dedicated another one in the bottom of the ninth inning, all at the hot corner. Vientos’ mistake kept the Nats’ ninth-inning rally going, and Yasmany Tomas drove in the winning work on an RBI single off of Ryley Gilliam.

What’s next

The Mets are back in action on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m., when they host the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.