The Mets beat the Nationals 7-5 this afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. The win improved the Mets spring record to 6-7.
Daisuke Matsuzaka started and threw 3 2/3 innings, giving up a run on three hits and striking out four. A good outing from Dice K who looks like the favorite to land the Mets 5th rotation spot.
Noah Syndergaard also threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on two hits, two walks and struck out five batters. From what the beat writers are saying Syndergaard pitched a lot better than these numbers indicate and his fastball was explosive.
Jacob deGrom who has had a very good spring thus far, pitched 1 1/3 innings and was awarded the win even though he blew the save opportunity in the bottom of the eighth when he allowed the Nationals to tie the game at 5-5. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out a batter.
Ruben Tejada batted lead off and went 0 for 3, and is only 1 for 15 this spring.
Josh Satin, who is looking more like the guy that should be starting at first base when the calendar turns to the regular season, went 1 for 3, with two runs batted in. So far this spring he is batting .304 in 23 at bats.
Coming up: The Mets travel to Jupiter on Friday to play the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium, with the first pitch at 7:05 pm.