Mets manager Jerry Manuel wanted to get the most out of his starters before they leave camp for the idiotic World Baseball Classic, and so far this spring he is getting it.
The Mets blew out the Florida Marlins in convincing fashion Thursday afternoon as Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran both went yard in the effort.
With the Mets up 2-0 in the fourth and the bases loaded, Reyes lifted a fastball over the right field wall to give New York a 6-0 lead.
Fast forward to the sixth: Reyes again goes yard, this time to right as the ball cleared the left field foul pole to make it 7-0 New York. Carlos Delgado followed with a double to left; Carlos Beltran finally hit a home run to left center to make it 9-0 Mets.
Oliver Perez got the start and was in mid-season form. The lefty struck out three and walked none in two shut out innings to get the win. Meanwhile, Luis Castillo continues to come back from a disappointing 2008. Castillo went one for one with two runs scored and two walks.