The Mets mustered just five hits as a team, falling 5-0 to the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon. >> Box Score
5 things to know about Saturday's game...
1) Steven Matz had a stellar outing on the mound. The lefty, looking to secure a spot in the starting rotation, tossed three perfect innings against the Nats, striking out three batters along the way. Matz's spring ERA is now down to 1.50.
2) Dellin Betances made his long-awaited Mets spring training debut. It wasn't smooth sailing for the right-hander, as he allowed three runs (two earned) while recording just one out and walking two batters. He also threw a wild pitch, but at the end of the day, Betances left his first appearance feeling healthy, which is the most important thing for his continued recovery from his Achilles injury.
3) Jeurys Familia also had a rough outing out of the pen. Familia, looking to put 2019 behind him, allowed four hits, including a solo home run to Emilio Bonafacio, but he also struck out a pair in his one inning of work.
4) Brandon Nimmo continues to make a push to be the Mets' leadoff hitter come Opening Day. The left-handed batter had two more hits out of the leadoff spot, and is now batting .435 this spring.
5) Robinson Cano went 0-for-3 at the plate with a strikeout and two runners left on the base. The Mets' second baseman is off to a slow start this spring, now hitting just .091,
The Mets stay in Port St. Lucie for Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Houston Astros. Reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander will start for the Astros, while the Mets have yet to announce their starter.