A lot of good things happened to the Mets in today’s 2-0 victory over Washington.
* Jon Niese, who is facing a pivotal season in his career, threw six scoreless innings.
* The Mets have been searching all spring for a left specialist, and Jerry Blevins, acquired Monday from the Nationals for outfielder Matt den Dekker, struck out Bryce Harper.
* Ruben Tejada, whom the Mets apparently don’t want to use at second base, had his 12th RBI of the spring in 19 games.
* John Mayberry Jr., earmarked for a bench role, had three hits, including his fourth homer. He’s batting .426 in spring training.
* The Mets, now 18-11 including 5-1 against the Nationals, have won 12 of their last 15 games.
* Lucas Duda had his fourth straight hit against left-handed pitching with a single against Gio Gonzalez.
* Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin threw 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the save.
ALVAREZ OPTIONED: Less than 24 hours after picking up lefty relievers Blevins and Alex Torres, Dario Alvarez was optioned to the minor league camp.
He appeared in ten games this spring and compiled a 4.91 ERA.
The plan is for him to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets host St. Louis with Bartolo Colon (0-2, 7.71 ERA) going against Carlos Martinez.