JUPITER, Fla. -- A solid spring training ended with Matt Harvey, and everyone else, putting up zeroes.
St. Louis’ Peter Bourjos tripled with one out in the bottom of the ninth against Zack Thornton, but was stranded there when Jonathan Rodriguez struck out and Blake Drake grounded out. The game then was called, and the Mets headed on their way to the Lone Star State for a pair of weekend exhibition games against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
The Mets finished Grapefruit League play 18-12-1. They led Florida-based teams with 38 homers and ranked second in batting average at .283, trailing only the Boston Red Sox (.285).
“It’s spring training,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “But, at the same time, if things were reversed, we’d be talking about spring training. So I’m not dismissing it entirely. It’s been a good spring. The starting pitching has been excellent. The bullpen is starting to round out a little bit. The offense has been excellent. I think the team itself is beginning to bond and build some chemistry. All that’s been positive.”
Said manager Terry Collins: “The atmosphere in the clubhouse is as good as I’ve ever been around. I salute the veteran guys that set the tone for that. They’ve done a great job.”
Harvey threw four scoreless innings Thursday, slicing his ERA to 1.19. He walked only one batter in 22⅔ Grapefruit League innings.
Afterward, Harvey set a modest goal for the regular season as he returns from Tommy John surgery.
“I want to make every start,” Harvey said. “Pitching a full season and just being out there is the main goal. I was able to do that during spring training. Now the focus is continuing that.”
Harvey added that he feels as good as he did before his elbow procedure on Oct. 22, 2013.
“I feel just the same, or better,” Harvey said. “Having that much time off, I was able to really work on some things. I was able to execute those during spring training and hopefully can continue that during the season.”
About the only negative was Curtis Granderson getting drilled on the side of the right knee by a third-inning pitch from Lance Lynn. He departed the game after the half-inning and was dealing with swelling after the game.
What’s next: The Mets face the Rangers on Friday at 8:05 p.m. ET in Arlington (WOR 710 AM). Jacob deGrom starts the game, although the southpaw expects to throw only one or two innings.