Mets Game 94: Loss to Nationals
Nationals 3 Mets 1
Trying to think of a descriptor for this game … hmm … uninspiring … lifeless… tedious .. lackluster …
How about: VAPID.
The Mets lost a game and a series to MLB’s worst team. The worst team in baseball by a longshot. Perhaps the motivation was to help prevent the Nats from erasing the 1962 Mets from the record book?
Mike Pelfrey pitched fairly well — but, well enough to lose. He spun seven innings for the third time this month, and held the mighty Nats to three runs on six hits and two walks. A solid outing, for sure. His main mistake was a hanging slider that Josh Willingham pelted into the left field seats.
But the offense was completely mesmerized by Craig Stammen and the Washington bullpen, collecting just four hits. One of them was a triple by Angel Pagan, and Pagan scored the lone Mets run when the relay throw to third got past Ryan Zimmerman. Other than that one play, the Mets appeared to be sleepwalking through the evening.
We can only guess that the Tony Bernazard situation had something to do with the Mets’ indifference. Listening to Omar Minaya’s “handling” of the debacle was nearly as distressing. The entire day and evening was a complete embarrassment for the organization. Just when you thought they couldn’t sink any lower …
As previously mentioned, Pelf has gone 7 innings or more in three of his five starts this month. However, in the other two starts, he’s pitched 7 innings combined.
Three of the Mets’ four hits were for extra bases. In addition to Pagan’s quadruple, Fernando Tatis and Jeremy Reed each ripped doubles.
Cory Sullivan batted sixth and Angel Berroa seventh. I kept waiting to see Gerald “Ice” Williams or Rey Sanchez walk up to the plate.
Next Mets Game
We fans are given a reprieve to discover other forms of entertainment on Thursday, as the Mets have a day off before dragging their sorry selves into Houston for a three-game series with the Astros. Game one on Friday night begins at 8:05 PM EST. Johan Santana faces his old organization against former Met Mike Hampton.