deGrom finishes strong to complete stellar spring

Righty strikes out four in four scoreless innings in win vs. Texas

deGrom finishes strong to complete stellar spring

ARLINGTON -- Exhibition game stats don't count, of course, which was a shame for Mets starter Jacob deGrom and a good thing for the Rangers' hitters and defense Friday night in their second-to-last tuneup game at Globe Life Park.

In his sixth start of the spring, deGrom allowed only one hit and struck out four in four shutout innings to earn the win in the Mets' 5-0 victory. He'll finish the spring with a 4-0 record and a 2.08 ERA with 25 strikeouts and four walks in 26 innings. deGrom retired the first 11 batters he faced Friday.

"This guy has been lights out," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's been in the zone, both sides of the plates, using all of his pitches. I'd say he's ready to go."

Texas had as many errors (three) as hits Friday and the Rangers pitchers -- all nine of them -- had trouble with their command, walking seven combined.

"Our hitters were down in the count all but two or three hitters," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "On the pitching side, we were underneath the hitters quite a bit tonight. … It's extremely close to go-time, if not right on top of go-time, and I'm definitely looking for more strikes."

The Rangers started Logan Verrett, whom they claimed off waivers only a day before, and the Rangers wanted to stretch Verrett out after he had thrown no more than 32 pitches in an outing this spring. He threw 39 Friday in 2 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits.

"I was able to get extended and get my pitch count up," Verrett said. "I thought overall, today was a productive day."

Mets leadoff man Juan Lagares and No. 3 hitter David Wright paced the New York offense with three hits apiece.

Up next: The Mets take on the Rangers at 2:05 ET on MLB.TV in their final exhibition game before heading to Washington to face the Nationals on Opening Day. Collins said he didn't plan to leave the starting lineup in long. Dillon Gee will start for New York after going 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 21 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.