Mets’ Kevin Pillar, Brandon Nimmo put on defensive show


Observations for the Mets’ spring training game win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Dom bomb

Dominic Smith hit his second homer of the spring, a three-run blast in the third inning against Nivaldo Rodriguez, in the Mets’ 8-3 exhibition victory over the Astros on Tuesday at Clover Park.

Cold march

Jonathan Villar went hitless in a pinch-hitting appearance and is 3-for-19 (.158) in the Grapefruit League.

Caught my eye

Kevin Pillar made a sliding catch in right field in the fourth inning behind Jacob deGrom, only moments after Brandon Nimmo reached above the fence to steal a possible homer.

Wednesday’s schedule

Joey Lucchesi, who is competing for a rotation spot, is scheduled to pitch against the Marlins in Jupiter. Robert Gsellman and Jerry Blevins are among the other pitchers scheduled for the Mets.

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