Mets ST Game 5: Astros
Mets win two in a row in Florida. If they win one more, that’s called a “winning streak.”
Zack Wheeler hurled three shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. He threw a few decent change-ups and a few good-looking curveballs, which was nice to see. What wasn’t nice to see was that his motion slowed a bit when throwing the curve — to my eyes, anyway — and his arm remains behind with his forearm parallel to the ground (not good) when his front foot strikes the ground. He looked like he was over-striding, and during an interview afterward, he admitted to over-striding, but at the same time, that over-stride gave his arm a little more time to get to the right spot, so it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. He needs to find a way to get his hand to what might be called a “launch” position when his front foot hits the ground — this will both take pressure off of his arm as well as increase velocity by better integrating his lower half.
Erik Goeddel didn’t have a great outing, neither did Vic Black, who after getting a quick third out in the sixth, had trouble finding the plate in the seventh. Kyle Farnsworth allowed one hit and no runs in an inning of work, but was unable to crack 90 MPH. I’m not sure Farnsworth has the command to consistently get away with 87-89 MPH velocity.
Not too much else to report, though I admit to fast-forwarding through most of the Mets hitters and focusing primarily on the pitchers. It’s hard to make any kind of analysis on offense / hitting in the spring, since one or two at-bats are too random and inconclusive. Pitching isn’t exactly easy to analyze, either, but I feel like more can be seen by a pitcher throwing 20-50 pitches than a batter taking 4-6 swings.
What did you see? Answer in the comments.