The New York Mets dropped to 0-3 today in their exhibition schedule, losing 7-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, who reportedly has the inside track for the fifth-starter role, gave up one run in two innings. Newly acquired reliever Jose Valverde also gave up a run. The bulk of the damage was in a four-run sixth against lefty reliever Jack Leathersich.
* Curtis Granderson had one of the Mets’ four hits with a first-inning double.
* St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta said the Mets offered him two years. The Cardinals gave him four.