What to Look For: Mets vs. Red Sox, 1:10 PM

niese throwing spring '15

The Mets (3-2) and Boston Red Sox (2-2) face off in a rare Spring Training match-up at 1:10 PM. Here’s what you should be looking for in Sunday’s game…

Jon Niese becomes the latest member of the Mets projected starting rotation to make his Spring debut. Thus far Mets projected starters (Bartolo ColonMatt HarveyJacob deGrom) have pitched a combined seven innings, allowing two total baserunners and just one run.

It will be worth watching both Niese’s mechanics and velocity today. He said on Tuesday his arm is 100 percent, and it was noted he was throwing more over the top than he had at any point last year.

Michael Cuddyer will start at first base for the second time this Spring. In a Q&A with JustMets last week, Cuddyer said he prides himself on being a, “baseball player,” and works hard on being as versatile as possible. That versatility will continue to be tested at first base while Lucas Duda heals from a strained intercostal muscle. He is also expected to serve as the primary back-up to Lucas Duda at first base this season.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis will start in left field. Can Nieuwenhuis, who’s batting .545 to start the Spring, continue to stay hot with the bat and win the fifth outfield spot on this roster?

Today’s game can be seen locally on WPIX and MLB.tv. It can be heard locally on WOR 710 AM radio or MLB Gameday audio.