There was more good news for the Mets concerning their young pitching with strong performances from Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz during Saturday afternoon’s split squad games.
The Mets beat Atlanta, 3-1, in deGrom’s start as he gave up one run in three innings; Matz pitched two scoreless innings in his start, with the Mets losing, 8-7, to Miami.
Last year’s NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom, threw only 19 pitches in his two innings and was so efficient Terry Collins gave him a third inning.
“I feel like my command is there, so just staying consistent with my delivery,’’ deGrom told reporters. He is tinkering with a curveball, but didn’t throw any.
In the other game, Matz struck out two and hit a batter with a pitch.
“I was a little jittery,’’ Matz said. “I was excited to be out there, and it got the best of me. But I was able to settle down.’’
MURPHY UPDATE: Daniel Murphy confirmed his right hand injury to be a bone bruise and not a fracture. Murphy was hit on the hand by Detroit’s David Price Friday.
“It’s a little sore, but not as much as I thought,’’ said Murphy.
CONFORTO HAS BIG DAY: Michael Conforto, the Mets’ 2014 first-round draft pick out of Oregon State, went 3-for-4 with three RBI against the Braves.
Conforto had a RBI single in the second and two-run double in the fifth.
“I kind of surprised myself a little bit. I felt very comfortable,’’ said Conforto. “My goal was just to come out here and have fun and embrace the moment. The opportunity to be out here with these guys is pretty good. I had a lot of fun today.’’
Conforto was in the starting lineup and given the lineup card by manager Terry Collins. Conforto said he planned to send the card to his grandfather.
GEE WORKS OUT OF PEN: Ranked sixth in the rotation, Dillon Gee, will work out of the bullpen unless he’s traded.
Gee threw 2.2 scoreless innings Saturday against the Marlins. He last pitched out of the bullpen in 2011.
UP NEXT: Jon Niese will start Sunday against Boston at Port St. Lucie. The game will be telecast on WPIX.