Playing in the second-annual Civil Rights Game, the Mets beat the White Sox by a score of 3-2, rounding out their spring season. The Mets went 20-11 in spring training.
John Maine made the start for the Mets, pitching four innings, allowing only three hits, while striking out five. Maine struck out two in the first inning alone. He only needed 56 pitches, 39 went for strikes.
He looked great today. Easily the best #4 in the league. Would you pitch him ahead of Oliver Perez??
Pedro Feliciano and Aaron Heilman each logged an inning of work, allowing three hits between them. They both struck out two batters. Scott Schoeneweis gave up the runs for the Mets, pitching 2-3 of an inning, walking three and giving up one hit as two runs scored.
Schoeneweis has looked a lot better this spring, and if he is used in the correct situation, I think he's going to have a much better year.
Joe Smith relieved Schoeneweis in the seventh with the bases loaded and got Alexi Ramirez to strike out swinging. Billy Wagner came on to close out the game, getting the side in order. Wagner tallied one strikeout.
I think Smith is going get the call for the last bullpen spot, especially with this last outing.
Carlos Beltran drove a 2-run home run over the left field wall in the fourth inning off of White Sox starter Jose Contreras for the Mets first runs. Carlos Delgado picked up a double, going 1-3. Ryan Church went 2-3, scoring once.
Beltran looks excellent this spring. Those newly cleaned out knees are going to help out a lot. Church is getting hot. I like it.
Game Ball: Maine and Beltran.