PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.
Wheeler is making his second Grapefruit League start. He tossed three scoreless innings five days ago against the Houston Astros, allowing only two hits while striking out three.
The Braves are expected to bring Evan Gattis, Andrelton Simmons and B.J. Upton on the two-hour trip from Disney.
Sunday’s news reports:Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press
Carlos Beltran says he has made peace with his Mets maligners.
“At the end of the day, [the Mets] tried to put a perception out about me in the papers,” Beltran tells Sherman. “It is what it is. I have dealt with it. I cleared the air with the people who mistreated me. I don’t wish anything bad to the Mets organization. That is in the past.
“I don’t know what they gained from what they did to me. But I know what I gained. It made me a stronger person. Look, if you are a bad guy, you are a bad guy everywhere and the people in the game know it. The people who have played with me know that is not true.”
• Noah Syndergaard walked three batters in three innings, but might have come away with a scoreless performance had second baseman Eric Young Jr. successfully fielded a two-out grounder in the second inning. Instead, the ball glanced off Young and went into right field for a two-run single and Syndergaard was charged with two runs on two hits and three strikeouts in his second career Grapefruit League start. Syndergaard topped out at 98 mph.
• Matt Harvey tweeted and then deleted a prediction that he would pitch in 2014. Saturday afternoon, Sandy Alderson downplayed the likelihood of Harvey appearing this season, but said “never say never.” Read more in Newsday, the Post, Daily News, Record and Star-Ledger.
Little Zack Wheeler (in Braves gear) with brothers Adam (left) and Jacob (right) while growing up in Georgia.
• Kernan in the Post also features Wheeler and older brothers Adam and Jacob. A heart condition prevented Jacob from competing in athletics beyond high school, while a shoulder injury and surgery ended Adam’s career as a Yankees minor-league pitcher.
BIRTHDAYS: C.J. Nitkowski, who pitched in five games for the Mets in 2001 and finished his career in the minors with the organization two years ago, turns 41. He calls today’s game for WOR, including some play-by-play for the first time in his career.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
2014 Byrdak Day will happen.....in Indy ball
— Tim Byrdak (@Givemethelefty) March 9, 2014
YOU’RE UP: Should Terry Collins use Eric Young Jr. at second base sometimes in order to help get Juan Lagares in the lineup?