Matsuzaka

Final Score: Mets 7 Nationals 5

The Mets beat the Nationals, 7-5, on Thursday afternoon.

Daisuke Matsuzaka made the start for the Mets, allowing one earned run over 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out four.

Rafael Montero came out of the bullpen and pitched just 1/3 of an inning.

Noah Syndergaard allowed three earned runs in his 3 2/3 innings. Two runs were charged to him when Jacob deGrom allowed a home run relieving Syndergaard. “Thor” struck out five and walked two.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis drive in three, including a two-run, two-out single in the top of the ninth.

Josh Satin drove in two.

Anthony Seratelli went 2-2, with an RBI and two runs scored.

For the full recap, visit SNY.tv.


Zack Wheeler will start for the Mets as they play their first night game of the spring, against the Marlins, at 7:05 p.m. on Friday.




89 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

What would be the down side to starting Satin every day at 1B?  Sure, he doesn't have much power but her generally puts the ball in play. Who knows when we'll see Ike again? The tactful solution would be to have him start the season in Vegas 'for seasoning.' But Duda should not get the spot by default. And at this point neither Tejada nor Qunitanilla is a remotely attractive option.

eric88
eric88

The Mets Made a big mistake not starting Flores every single day in an A or B game. I think the best scenerio is starting him against lefties and Omar Q against righties. Q can hit when he doesn't wear down playing everyday. This would give the best outcome. The only way I play Rueben is if he had a great glove and defense. I am not losing offense to play a mediocre defender. No way.

helloboy
helloboy

Josh Satin is way more economical than the other 1B guys hanging in the trainer's room.  At least he is not an automatic out and does not cause cringing when he appears in the batters box.  I do believe that I would seriously start him and think he would not be the reason for killing us.

Another hit for Den Dekker.  Against a Lefty. 

helloboy
helloboy

Sad to say, but Serratelli is the best guy in camp.  He is has speed, which Tejada does not.  He can bunt tactically, which Tejada is not good at, he is a more reliable player in terms of attitude and preperation (he is also a vet) and he should be named starter, unless they make a move.    


I fail to understand the blind loyalty to Tejada?  Whose job is on the line if Tejada fails?  Has anyone there backed him to this extent?

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I just want to point something out before I go to sleep. When you compare the Mets projected starting lineup & the Nationals projected starting lineup, the Mets have 6 players that hit under .250 last year & the Nats have 1. The one player was Adam LaRoche, who hit 20 HR last year, more than any single player on the Mets. We clamor about our starting pitching & how it's going to carry us to the promised land, but they still have Gio Gonzalez, Steve Strasburg & Jordan Zimmerman, plus 2-3 highly touted pitching prospects. Is Alderson really sending us in the right direction? Could we realistically be as good as the Nats anytime in the foreseeable future. I don't know, guys, I don't know. Good night.

simbad
simbad

The shortstop has to be Tejada. Forget this team. He's a pass in the line-up, not egregiously bad in the infield (like Flores would probably be) and not costly like Drew or Franklin - who doesn't have much upside, other than he isn't Tejada. 


Does anyone think Cesar Puello should be a call-up in July? If either of the Youngs don't work out? I like him and Montero, and Noah S., obviously. 


The farm looks pretty good. Not the team, necessarily. Also - I'm glad I'm not a Braves fan. They aren't contenders. They're mid-contenders. They don't have the talent of the bottom feeders or the money, like the Yankees. Just saying.

mets2891
mets2891

We're less than a month from the start of the season and there's still not a shortstop on the roster.  This team is a joke.

Zach14
Zach14

I love the future of this team. Lot of young talent continuing to develop

chavez06
chavez06

anyone else surprised we've seen so little of Mejia so far?  Its like he never even had chance of even competing for the #5 spot in the rotation.  This kid's been screwed over sooo many times by this organization.

eric88
eric88

The Mets should have kept CY's 7.5 mil., Duda and Davis 5 mil, and the 5 mil  of the payroll they are spending on entertainers, and signed SHIN CHOO, and play Flores at 1B.  That would set us up for '15. Now all the money is spent, we have no new star, and two big holes anyway.

Joe Kurioo
Joe Kurioo

If terry puts montero in the pen he should be smacked.

Doubleday
Doubleday

At this point, everything's gone to Tejada's head. He's a young guy. It's becoming cruel to keep running him out there, day after day, in this condition. I don't know what kind of vendetta the front office has against Reuben, but it's really out of hand. Put him on the back fields with guys his own age, for a while, and let him find himself.

anymos
anymos

@Kevin Joseph Patrick Perspective:  the Nats had .500 season their first year in the league.  They followed that up with 5 straight years no winning more than 73 games, plus got the #1 overall pick in back to back years where the top pick in the draft was a no brainer.  They had one .500 year and now have back to back 90 win seasons.  If your front office is good, you'll accumulate high picks and eventually field a good team.  Bean went through the same process in Oakland- they collapsed for 5 years before he brought them back.  The Mets are in a run of five straight seasons winning no more than 79.  We're seeing the results of the move to accumulate talent and beef up the farm- the collection of young pitching is now drawing attention.  We definitely need some of our position players to step up- D'Arnaud needs to deliver on the projections, Nimmo, Dom Smith, Plawecki...but I don't think we're that far from being a legit contender.

Don't forget they also have Doug Fister. 

eric88
eric88

@mets2891  And no 1st Base, and no bench, and short a #1 & #2 starter and BP help.

adam
adam

@mets2891  Relax. The media acts like Tejada is the worst SS of all time. This guy has become the fall guy for some insane reason. The problem isn't the SS. If you think we're going to stink bc of our SS you're delusional. Do me a favor real quick, off the top of you're head, who is the starting SS Tigers, Royals, White Sox, Nationals, Padres, Marlins, Twins, Angels, Brewers, Pirates.......my point being were acting like we need Cal Ripken to contend, when many contenders have no name shortstops!! We need a first baseman, a catcher, a left fielder, a center fielder, a bullpen, a 5th starter, an Ace, owners who have money to blow, did I miss anything????? 

zoddie
zoddie

I don't think the Mets brass disagrees with you. I think they realize that without Harvey, with a short year for Montero, and with a few months at best with Thor, 2014 isn't the year. Think of this year as the 1984 Mets. We are still taking stock of our holes. This deadline and off season we can take stock of our strengths and be ready to contend in 2015.

Jim Walsh
Jim Walsh

It's racism. If Omar minaya was still gm, he would be the 5th starter.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@eric88 The biggest issue is that 87 mill is "all the money is spent" in the NY market. I feel like they more or less punted on the season once Harvey went down. Another year for development, looking mostly at Lagares/Flores/Thor/Montero. If they all work out, we'll be looking pretty damn good for 2015 though.

eric88
eric88

 If you do not make the lineup card on this team, you should think about a new career.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Joe Kurioo Works well for the Cardinals integrating their young arms into the system, just saying.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Hmm. First it's favoritism, now it's a vendetta. I'm beginning to wonder if it's not the latter. It's still Spring Training, but time is running out.

eric88
eric88

@adam @mets2891  no you are right. The Met fan has been conditioned to think this way, to accept crumbs and BS.

Grove Peate
Grove Peate

So your happy with 4 yrs of under .500 ball.We are bending over backwards for a veteren 5th starter and pen but are going into the season with this kid....makes alot of sense to me.Lets extend Sandy now so we can have 6 yrs of this.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Alderson pegged 2014 as the year way before he knew exactly what he had in Harvey. Until last year, Wheeler was considered the better prospect of the two. Washing away 2014 because of Harvey's injury is just an excuse for Alderson to hide the fact that he has done nothing to put together a competitive roster, a roster completely devoid of any depth. Of you think we can walk through 2014 winning 75 games again, treating the second half like an extended try-out, then come next year flip some switch & become contenders, you're crazy. Plus, look at the teams ahead of is in the NL East. The Braves have just as good young pitching as we do, but they actually have proven hitters. When they actually have a hole, they have a front office willing to make a move & owners willing to spend money to keep the team competitive. The Nats are going into 2014 with 1 hitter who hit under .250 in 2013; the Mets have 6. The 1 hitter who hit under .250 smacked 20 HR, more than any single Met on the current roster. The Nats also have Gio Gonzalez, Zimmerman & that generational ace, Strasburg, along with a couple kids on the farm that project to be top of the rotation pitchers. Then there's the Phillies, who are below us right now, but they spend $180 million annually on their roster. That doesn't always lead to success, but it definitely shortens any sort of rebuilding / retooling period. The Mets aren't close to contending. If you think they are, then you're just another fan brainwashed by Alderson & Co., drinking the Kool Aid. This team was closer to contending any year Omar Minaya was here than they are right now. The proof is in the pudding, my friend. Bad contracts & overspending brought us an inning away from a World Series & years of meaningful, albeit heartbreaking, September games. Alderson, prospects, Moneyball & penny-pinching has given us seasons over by August & actually paying attention to OTAs & Preseason Giants/Jets games. I'm tired of hearing "next year." This is an absolute joke now.

eric88
eric88

@zoddie  How many years will you excuse away this Mets Mgt.. Another next year because on e guy is hurt. That actually sounds silly. Colon won 18 games, what would Harvey had on e 15? You don't justify throwing away a season over losing a player. You should ask why they lowered the payroll to 82 million,when it should have been raised to address any personnel loss. you know, like other teams do.

mets2891
mets2891

@zoddie You're kidding, right?  Check out the roster on the '84 Mets one of these days and come back to me.  Comparing this team to that one is laughable.

domtoretto
domtoretto

The Yanks are gonna be all over that unfortunately

willymayshays
willymayshays

@mikesml  

When the F did they reward Tejada?  by publicly stating he was late, is lazy etc. I'd have to disagree.  

hankypanky
hankypanky

Starting Mejia because he is Latino is racist in itself.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@eric88  I would agree with you, but I know who our manager is.

ponzies86
ponzies86

@crafalko17 @Joe Kurioo  Deference is the Cards will give there young arms a chance to start after Bullpen time, No shot Mets would even think about giving Montero a shot after Bullpen work

Doubleday
Doubleday

@hankypanky  When a guy's struggling like this you stop the bleeding.  In a similar situation last year, they sent Ike to Vegas.  I'm not even suggesting that, just send Tejada over to the minor league camp to relax and learn to have fun on the field, again.

zoddie
zoddie

Then you'll be happy that Young was only signed for a year. No one to block Puello if he's ready.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Grove Peate  I didn't suggest demoting Tejada, Grove Peate - just give him a few days to relax.  It's still mid-March.

Grove Peate
Grove Peate

demotions must be fun at Doubleday...eh?

Doubleday
Doubleday

@zoddie  Well, Jose Reyes did say Tejada was a slacker at working out, and Reuben doesn't exactly look like the model of a professional athlete this spring.

zoddie
zoddie

He spent two separate stints in freezing Michigan this off season at their training camp. He's taking his job seriously. He's just sucking right now. In baseball, trying too hard will mess you up, too.