The Mets’ takeaways from Friday’s 2-1 loss at Marlins include solid defense and little offense

New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) catches a throw from first baseman Pete Alonso (not pictured) for the out against Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez (3) during the first inning at loanDepot Park.

New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12), catches a throw by Pete Alonso (not pictured), for an out against Miami Marlins first baseman Luis Arraez (3) in the first inning at loanDepot Park. / Sam Navarro – USA TODAY Sports

Limit to four hits Mets On Friday night, the Marlins lost in Miami 2-1. They are now 1-1 for the season.

These are the key takeaways…

– Mets were dominated by lefty, 25-year-old, for five innings Jesus LuzardoA power pitcher who hit 99 mph with his fastball, but he sat mostly at 97 mph. Scouts rave about Luzardo’s stuff and see him just now emerging with potential to be one of the better pitchers in the NL.

Starling Marte Luzardo got two hits, one to right field and the other to left. The Mets managed to load the bases in the sixth despite Luzardo seeming to be out of gas.

Marte almost scored his third hit in eighth inning when he was hit by a right-hander’s line drive. Dylan Floro This may have led to pinch-runners Tim Locastro The game was tied at the second half. However, Jorge Soler Marte was robbed when he made a diving catch and got a great jump on the ball.

Soler was the Marlins’ hero on this night, perhaps saving the win with the catch on Marte and also helping produce Miami’s only win, hitting a leadoff home run in the second inning to right-center on a fastball from David Peterson.

The Mets were down 2-0 in their ninth game. Pete Alonso Hit a lefty opposite-field home run A.J. Puk But it was too little and too late for the Mets.

– Peterson delivered a gutty effort in his first start, surviving nine baserunners in five innings of work while allowing only one run.

Soler scored the winning run with his solo homer, and he was also in trouble for much of the night. However, he managed to make some crucial pitches in big spots while avoiding further injury by playing great defense.

The left-hander had five hits and one run while only giving up eight hits.

From two scoreless innings Tommy Hunter The score was 1-0 going into the eighth. However, the right-hander won. John Curtiss gave up a solo home run to Jazz Chisholm Jr. That made it 2-0, and was the difference that Alonso scored in the ninth.

– The Mets had their best chance in the sixth innings. They set up the crucial at-bat when Alonso reached the plate with two outs and the bases loaded.

Facing right-hander J.T. ChargoisAlonso was relieved by Luzardo and fell behind 0-2, but then got an 86-mph swinging slider that he would probably say he should’ve hit out of the park.

As it was, he hit it hard but didn’t get the lift he wanted, and Chisholm ran the long liner down in left-center to end the inning.

Jeff McNeil The play that saved a run, and possibly an entire inning for the Marlins was the play of the day

Shaded towards second base Garrett Cooper McNeil was quick to react when Cooper hit a ball towards the second base hole. Alonso did manage to get a glove, but it only slowed the ball down.

McNeil saw the ball coming into short right field and quickly ran it down. Jon Berti You would want to score at least second.

The toss was successful. Tomas NidoBerti was tagged out at the plate by Peterson, who then walked to the plate for the final out of the inning. Peterson then got Chisholm on a ground out to Alonso to end the inning, keeping the Marlins’ lead at 1-0 at the time.

– The Mets lost a replay challenge in the first inning, which is news considering how good they were at that part of the game last year, leading the majors with 78.9 percent of their challenges being successful.

They had a case for this one. Brandon Nimmo He appeared to be just barely safe on his groundball to the shortstop side at second base. The replay center decided not to reverse the original call.

MLB made another change in the replay challenge to improve speed of play. The manager must immediately raise his hand to alert the umpires to the possibility that the team might challenge. He then has to declare his intention in 15 seconds, rather than the 30 required for the past.

The Mets were thus left with no challenge for the remainder of the game. That could have cost them when Nido’s two-out pickoff attempt of Cooper at first base was clearly missed, as Cooper was called safe. Peterson was able get out of that inning. Francisco Lindor I leapt high in order to grab a linedrive off Soler’s bat.



The Marlins & Mets continue their season opener with Game 3 of their 4-game series Saturday, April 1st at 4:10 pm.

Tylor Megill Will face off against Edward Cabrera.

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