Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia wrestle in first outings of 2021

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Two veteran Mets relievers endured rocky first spring coaching outings Thursday.

Dellin Betances wasn’t helped by an inning that received prolonged on a misplay in left subject, however he nonetheless was removed from spectacular in permitting 4 earned runs on two hits and two walks within the Mets’ 8-Four victory over the Nationals.

Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless third inning however allowed two walks. The precise-hander’s troubles discovering the strike zone have outlined his current seasons.

Betances topped out at 94 mph on the radar gun, in keeping with supervisor Luis Rojas, who stated he appreciated what he noticed.

“I used to be extra centered on arm angle, and the whole lot was the place we wish it so far as launch level and arm angle,” Rojas stated.

After Betances reached 23 pitches, the inning was known as.

“Too dangerous we needed to roll it earlier than getting the third out, however I believed it was a superb outing,” Rojas stated.

Familia, getting into the ultimate yr of his contract, was requested if he’s underneath stress this spring to indicate one thing. After a dismal 2019 season, he was higher final yr, however nonetheless removed from reliable with a 3.71 ERA and 1.463 WHIP in 25 appearances.

“I wouldn’t say there may be stress, however I do wish to show to [fans] that I’m nonetheless the Familia from again then and I really feel wholesome proper now, so I really feel excellent going into the season,” he stated.

Pete Alonso blasted a fifth-inning grand slam, dubbing it a “birthday bomb” for his mom, who attended the sport. Final season, Alonso didn’t homer within the Grapefruit League.

“After the ball went over the fence, I went, ‘Yeah, it’s my mother’s birthday at present,’ ” Alonso stated. “It was enjoyable. I’m actually comfortable I received to hit a house run on her birthday when she received to see me play.”

Workforce president Sandy Alderson, showing on ESPN’s broadcast, was requested for his impressions of recent proprietor Steve Cohen.

“How about affable? Does that describe a grasp of the universe?” Alderson stated. “My expertise with him has been nice. He’s actually good and has been actually profitable. He’s curious in regards to the recreation. He needs to be taught extra. He doesn’t faux to know an important deal about it at this level, however he’s a educated fan.”