The Mets' split squad in Port St. Lucie got this year's spring training schedule started with a 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. >> Box Score
5 things to know from Saturday's game...
1) Rick Porcello got the first spring training start for the Mets in Port St. Lucie. The right-hander pitched only the first inning, with some mixed results. Porcello allowed a single to Monte Harrison with one out, and after stealing second, Harrison came around to score on a Garrett Cooper single. He did strikeout Isan Diaz on three pitches in the inning as well.
2) Wilson Ramos made the most out of his cleanup role on Saturday. After the first three Mets got on base in the first inning, Ramos drove a 2-0 pitch deep to right field. The wind took what likely would have been a grand slam and instead pushed the ball back into play, as it fell in just inside the right-field line before going over the fence. The two-run ground-rule double got the Mets on the board for the first time.
3) The Mets had Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto batting one, two, and three, respectively in the order, and there's probably a decent shot that they're the top third of the order on Opening Day as well. In the first, McNeil singled to left to lead things off, and after Alonso reached on an error, Conforto singled as well to load the bases for Ramos. The Mets would surely like to see that kind of production from the top of the order.
McNeil went 1-for-2, Alonso was 0-for-3 with a strikeout, and Conforto went 1-for-3.
4) Highly-touted prospect Andres Gimenez got the start for the Mets at shortstop in this one. He ended up going 1-for-3 at the plate, and was also part of three double-play turns by the Mets' infield.
5) Matt Adams got the nod as the Mets' DH on Saturday, and he played the entire game. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but he did have a sac fly to drive in the Mets' third run of the first inning.
The Mets will host the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1:10PM. Lefty Steven Matz is scheduled to start for the Mets, while veteran Adam Wainwright will go for the Cardinals.