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New York Mets Spring Training News and Notes: 3/20/12

The New York Mets snapped a long stretch of losses with a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals, in Tuesday night Spring Training action. Lucas Duda hit a homer, while five pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout.

Duda finished the game with two hits; while Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada both recorded one hit each. The franchise continues to run into bad injuries at the worst time as expected starting center fielder Andres Torres left the game early due to a sprained groin.

Torres was replaced by rookie outfielder Adam Loewen, as the youngster has impressed the Mets brass during Spring Training. Fans need to keep an eye on Loewen, who will probably get an opportunity to get at start at Citi Field soon.

Here are some other New York Mets news and notes, as the countdown to Spring Training has begun:

Arms Race: The New York Mets have a ton of young arms to get excited about, as Jeurys FamiliaMatt HarveyZack Wheeler, and Jenrry Mejia have all impressed the franchise during the course of 2012 Spring Training. Most likely to see time at Citi Field will be Harvey, who just needs to find his command before making it to the big leagues.

Gee Whiz: Sophomore starter Dillon Gee had a very strong outing in the 2-0 victory against the Nationals on Tuesday, as the righty held Washington scoreless through 5 2/3 innings. Gee threw a ton of secondary pitches, which is one of the key to the success of the young hurler in the 2012 season.

Niese: Another key to the New York Mets rotation is Jon Niese, as the lefty had a quality performance for New York in the 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Niese continues to pound the strike zone as 49 of his 72 pitches in that game were in the zone.

Wright Stuff: It was reported on the SNY broadcast of the Mets/Nationals game, which All-Star third baseman David Wright will get to see his first Spring Training game soon. According to ESPN that Wright should see action this coming weekend against the Cardinals. It is expected for the New York slugger to start on Opening Day, if there are no setbacks in the games played during Spring Training.

The Week Ahead:  The Mets will have a very busy week ahead, as they will take on the Cardinals twice, while also taking on the Astros and the Braves.  According to the official New York Mets site, it will be ace Johan Santana on the hill for the Wednesday start against the Cardinals.

Santana is scheduled to throw 80 pitches, and will have three more starts to make before potentially making his return to the Citi Field hill. The Mets/Cardinals game will air on the Gameday Audio section of the Mets website, which can be found by clicking the link below:

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/mediacenter/index.jsp?ymd=20120309&c_id=nym

Written on March 20, 2012

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