Triple-A Las Vegas started their season last night, and Zack Wheeler struggled with his command. Considering how little he pitched in March, this is still his Spring Training, so there’s no need to panic. C Travis d’Arnaud went 2 for 4 and 2B Wilmer Flores had a 3 for 3 night.
Double-A Binghamton also opened their season, and starting pitcher Rafael Montero looked every bit as polished as people in the Mets organization say he is. He struck out nearly half of the batters he faced, allowing just a pair of singles, and tossing 75% of his pitches for strikes (63 of 84).
As for the parent club, they have an opportunity to continue their fast start with the retooling Marlins coming to Queens this weekend. In order to do so, Jeremy Hefner is going to have to prove he belongs in the major league rotation. This is especially important considering Shaun Marcum seems to come down with a new malady every day.
Loge 13 has an interesting piece on the designs of the “convertible” Shea Stadium.
The Mets begin their weekend series with the Marlins tonight at Citi Field. Stay tuned to Mets Today for coverage.