PORT ST. LUCIE — New beginnings.
Jeff Wilpon was given the key to the city Saturday morning as the “new’’ improved Clover Park was opened by the Mets with a 5-3 loss to the Marlins on a windy but pleasant 69-degree day. Down in Jupiter, the split-squad Mets lost 2-0 to the Cardinals, but this is the time of year where the scores don’t matter one bit.
Now the Mets will begin to work overtime on finding the keys to a quick start out of the NL East gate, and that is about doing all the little things right.
Remember, this is a process.
It is the general, day-to-day improvement that is most important. And the Mets and Luis Rojas after his first game as manager came away pleased. Rick Porcello got his Mets debut off to a good start with a 17-pitch, one-run first inning as he tries to find the command and artistry that once made him a Cy Young winner.
His first time out of the box with catcher Wilson Ramos was a success, as Ramos is perfecting his one-knee-down stance to help give the pitchers a low target, especially Porcello and his nasty sinker.
Ramos and Porcello were essentially the only two players available to the media because by the time the clubhouse doors…