Daisuke Matsuzaka entered spring training the frontrunner for the Mets’ fifth starter role, and despite a lackluster two starts, remains the favorite.
Left-hander John Lannan is having a better spring, but appears earmarked for the bullpen, which leaves Matsuzaka with a clear path.
Matsuzaka makes this third start today. In four innings covering his first two games, he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. He has three strikeouts, but hasn’t walked a hitter.
* Ike Davis, who took grounders Wednesday, isn’t expected to play. He’s still wearing a protective boot. Manager Terry Collins said even before Davis could be a DH, has to show he can run without difficulty.
* Lucas Duda, bothered by a strained left hamstring, is closer to returning.
* Ruben Tejada is expected to play. Meanwhile, the Mets continue to monitor the shortstop market, but nothing is imminent.
ON DECK: The hole that is the Mets’ shortstop situation.