Mets Game 158: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 4 Mets 3

With their 91st loss, the Mets may have sunk to a position lower than their opponent.

The Nationals may be twelve games worse overall, but right now, the teams are all too similar — and the Nats may be slightly better.

Mike Pelfrey pitched a strong seven innings, allowing only three runs on eight hits and a walk. As usual, he pitched well while cruising, and lost his composure when runners reached base. He was able to limit his yips enough to accomplish a “quality start”, but it was not quite good enough to earn a “win”.

That’s because DC starter J.D. Martin matched Mike pitch for pitch, allowing the same three runs over a nearly similar six innings. In the end the difference was decided between the bullpens, and the Mets came up short.

Pedro Feliciano did his job of retiring lefthanded-hitting Adam Dunn, but as we all know he can’t do anything else and was relieved by Sean Green — who you may remember was tabbed as the replacement for Aaron Heilman. Green walked the first batter he faced, then was the victim of a throwing error by Anderson Hernandez that put runners on first and second. Green induced a potential double play ball from the next batter, but Luis Castillo threw away the relay to first and the go-ahead (and eventual winning) run scored.


The Mets had a prime chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth when they loaded the bases with no outs, but Brian Schneider fouled out to Ryan Zimmerman and pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed hit a liner to Pete Orr that resulted in a double play to end the inning.

They had another shot to score in their final at-bat, when, with a runner on first and two out, David Wright blasted a line drive to the right field wall. However, Elijah Dukes made an impressive and athletic, running, jumping snare of the ball — and held onto it after eating the chain link fence in front of the scoreboard — to end the ballgame.

Mike MacDougal throws a nasty, evil, sinking fastball. I am amazed at the velocity and force of his lithe right arm whipping from launch point through the release. His arm is like a tungsten-carbide spaghetti whip slashing through mile-high thin air — and helped by the gravity and extension of his 6’4″ height. His issue has always been control, but when he finds the plate, he’s nearly unhittable.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Nats complete their series on Wednesday afternoon at 4:35 PM. Perhaps the schedule-maker had the foresight to know that no one would want to see this game way back when. Rochester, NY native Tim Redding faces Long Beach, NY native John Lannan.

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  1. isuzudude September 30, 2009 at 10:14 am
    Isn’t it funny how the Mets seem to bring the best out of every team? For example, did you know that MacDougal had given up runs in each of his previous 6 appearances before this series began? How does he follow that up? With back-to-back scoreless save conversions, of course. Then there’s Mike Morse hitting big home runs, Elijah Dukes making big catches, Ross Detwiler earning his first MLB win, Tyler Clippard and Jason Bergmann throwing 2 innings of scoreless relief each, etc, etc. I don’t know if it’s a product of other teams finding extra motivation to beat the Mets, or if the Mets are so bad they create the illusion that other teams are so good. I think I know which side of the fence I’m leaning on.

    That said…I have John Lannan spot-starting for my fantasy team today, so GO NATS!