Harvey, Mets finish spring by blanking Cards

Harvey, Mets finish spring by blanking Cards

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals and Mets played to a scoreless tie Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium in what was the final Grapefruit League game for both clubs. Each will make an exhibition stop elsewhere before opening the regular season on the road.

Both New York's Matt Harvey and St. Louis' Lance Lynn looked sharp in their last spring showings. The two combined for eight strikeouts and no walks, with Lynn finishing six innings and Harvey going four deep.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Think he's ready? Harvey capped his spring season with four strikeouts, including a 98-mph called strike three to outfielder Matt Holliday. Over 22 2/3 Grapefruit League innings, Harvey struck out 21 batters and issued just one free pass, posting a 1.19 ERA. More than 17 months removed from Tommy John surgery, he will start the Mets' third game of the season April 9 against the Nationals.

Mets very pleased with Harvey's strong prep

Harvey on final spring outing

Finishing with a flourish: Lynn blew a 93-mph fastball by David Wright with two on in the third to escape from the only jam he faced in his fourth spring outing. It was one of four strikeouts Lynn recorded in his 74-pitch effort. With the six scoreless innings, Lynn finishes Grapefruit League play having allowed two earned runs in 16 innings. His next start will come Tuesday against the Cubs.

That's gotta hurt: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson left after taking a Lynn fastball off his right knee, saying afterward that the area had swollen. Though Granderson noted the timing isn't ideal, with just four days left until Opening Day, he hopes to be ready in time for Monday's game in Washington.

Granderson expected to be fine after plunking

Granderson hit by pitch, exits

Siegrist strong: Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist ended an up-and-down spring with a scoreless inning of relief. After allowing a leadoff single, Siegrist struck out three Mets hitters. He threw 15 of his 20 pitches for strikes. Though Siegrist leaves Florida having allowed just two runs in 8 2/3 innings, his outings were often compounded by command issues as he adjusted to new mechanics.

Siegrist strikes out the side

"We needed to get him back out there before we left, just to have it reinforced that his stuff is really good," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I thought he threw some good changeups, a couple sliders and was in the strike zone with the fastball. Today was great."

QUOTABLE
"It's time. We've been trying to check off boxes, and we've accomplished the things we wanted to accomplish. I believe everybody is where we need them to be right now." -- Matheny on his team finishing Grapefruit League play.

Carpenter's nice pick at third

"I think all of us are pretty much ready. It was good to get out there and kind of mix up some more pitches, and get a little more work done before we get going. Everything feels great, as it has throughout Spring Training. I don't think there's much more to accomplish." -- Harvey

PROMISING SIGN
Nursing a strained right hamstring, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1-for-5 with a home run and sacrifice fly in a Minor League intrasquad game Thursday morning in Port St. Lucie. Murphy's performance was the latest evidence that he may avoid the disabled list to start the season, something the Mets doubted earlier this week.

Mets think Murphy will be ready for opener

WHAT'S NEXT
Mets: With Thursday's game in the books, the Mets planned to drive straight to the airport, where a jet was waiting to take them to Texas. The Mets have a pair of exhibition games scheduled for Friday and Saturday against the Rangers in Arlington, leading up to Opening Day on Monday in Washington, D.C. Jacob deGrom will make his final spring start in the Friday exhibition, scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. ET start.

Cardinals: The Cardinals will make a barnstorming trip to Memphis, where they will play the organization's Triple-A affiliate in a 6:05 pm CT game Friday. Lefty Marco Gonzales will start for the Cardinals against lefty Tim Cooney. Though Gonzales draws the start for the Major League club, he will not continue on to Chicago with the team afterward. Rather, he'll lead the Triple-A staff to start the season. The Cardinals are expected to showcase their starting position players for the first few innings of the game.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.