New Met Chris Young started his second game for the Mets today, the first that was televised on SNY.
He went four innings of five-hit ball, two strikeouts, no walks and gave up just two runs on two solo home runs to Astros’ J.D. Martinez and Matt Downs.
Young’s performance was so-so today and his 82-85 mph fastball was down from his previous start, but manager Terry Collins came to Young’s defense saying, “The mound was not in good shape today” (ESPN New York).
For what it’s worth, the grounds crew did come out in the top of the second to fix the mound with what looked like kitty litter and a stomper.
So when Collins said, “He really couldn’t push off it because there was a hole in front that was pretty loose and he was concerned about it,”(ESPN New York) that’s probably as legit as an excuse a pitcher can make.
Overall, Young’s 6’10” frame looked good. His patented ball hiding was in full-effect today and as Young said himself, “ Some good things. Some bad things. A lot of room for improvement. Overall I feel good” (ESPN New York).