Another Mets pitcher did poorly in his 2009 debut. This time it was Brad Holt, the Mets #4 prospect. Yesterday, pitching for St. Lucie against Sarasota, Holt lasted just 3.2 innings, surrendering nine runs on seven hits and four walks. On the positive side, the two pitches who followed him, Nicholas Waechter and Stephen Clyne, gave up just two hits, no walks,and no runs in 5.1 innings. As for the St. Lucie hitters, two got extra-base hit, both doubles, with one hit by Ike "Double" Davis.
Also on Thursday, in Double-A, Binghamton lost its second game to Trenton in 14. Starter Dylan Owen, who I thought was the best pitcher last season in the Mets Minor League system, pitched five innings, surrendering only three hits and two runs. The only negative: He walked five.
Tonight, the Mets big leaguers play in Florida against the unbeaten Marlins. John Maine takes the mound against Anibal Sanchez. The Mets should be happy he's on the mound. The 10 current Mets who've faced Sanchez average a career OPS against him of .871. In contrast, the 11 current Marlins who've faced Maine average a career OPS against him of .690.
After three games, three Mets have OPS's above 1.000: Church (1.227), Delgado (1.095), and Wright (1.071). Luis Castillo, who was supposed to have reported in excellent shape, is hitting only .167. Hopefully, in warmer weather he'll hit better.