Mets LHP Steven Matz was dominant at times while limiting the Astros to two runs on five hits in six innings while striking out nine and walking none on Monday afternoon.
"With the slow start I had, I put the work in and it's starting to pay off a little bit," Matz said afterwards. "I'm starting to really feel comfortable on the mound now."
"I don't feel like I'm searching out there anymore," he concluded. "I feel like I can just go and attack, and that's kind of the pitcher I am -- just to go right after guys."
Matz, who threw 91 pitches (59 strikes), struck out six of the last seven batters he faced -- including George Springer, Alex Bregman, and Jose Altuve.
The 26-year-old Matz has had three straight solid starts after struggling earlier during Spring Training.
He is expected to be in the starting rotation to start the season, along with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and likely Zack Wheeler.
Jason Vargas is having surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right (non-throwing) hand on Tuesday, and is expected to resume throwing roughly five days after.