Luis Rojas said he was happy with Monday's 2-1 win over the Nationals despite the fact that spring training isn't about results.
"We know spring training is not about results, but it's good to see the guys shaking hands and all that," Rojas said after the game. "Looked like we were playing really good baseball, once again really good defense. ...Everybody moving around, everybody backing up in position, we turned a double play again, called a good game, pitched a good game. So we played really good baseball today."
Wilson Ramos got things started with a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets up 1-0, and Rojas took notice, saying he likes what he's seeing from Ramos early.
"I like him with his knee down to get under those low pitches, he's getting some calls there," Rojas said on Ramos. "He's good with upping in the zone and if he can mix that, too, that he can be low with the pitches with the different repertoire that we have with guys on our staff, he can definitely do a great job behind the plate.
"He's coming from a really good offensive year, and he wanted to work really hard and come prepared to spring training physically and also in his game. ...Now on the defensive end, it's showing right away that he prepared, so we're looking forward to keep seeing it in spring training."
Pitching prospect David Peterson started for the Mets and put together a strong outing, finishing the game with just one hit allowed, two strikeouts and zero runs in two innings pitched, while walking away with the win as well for his efforts.
Rojas thought it was quite the performance for Peterson.
"That was a really good outing today," Rojas said on Peterson. "Two innings. David was a tick, maybe, higher than we expected from his previous history and I think that made everything play. I mean his repertoire was playing, his changeup was really good, he had a good touch for it. ...I like the angle on his fastball. It was good, a great outing for him and we're looking forward to seeing more of it in spring training."
In facing the defending World Series champions, Rojas said that "nothing changes" when it comes to facing opponents and that they would compete against every other team "the same way."
Rojas was also seen talking with former Mets manager Terry Collins, who apparently is giving the new skipper advice on running the team.
"He tells me different things from his past experience and we match them with my own experience," Rojas said. "He's had a lot of the players that are on the team, so there have been situations that've gone through with the players -- obviously a team going to the World Series in 2015, I asked 'how was he then, how was he playing in this position.' Just specific stuff about each one of the players just so that I can have a feel of them going into my first year as a manager in the big leagues. So it's good to have Terry around... A lot of knowledge of the game and a lot of knowledge of the organization."