Mets Game 9: Loss to Nationals
This is not the way this series was supposed to go.
But, I’m not going to panic … yet.
Chris Young was outstanding, allowing only one run on one hit and two walks through 7 innings; you really couldn’t ask more from him. He left the game with a two-run lead that seemed pretty safe — after all, the Mets only needed to get three outs before handing the ball to their elite closer Francisco Rodriguez. Unfortunately, D.J. Carrasco allowed two runs in his 2/3 innings of work to allow the Nats to tie up the game. The game went into extras, and in the end the Nationals finished on top, thanks to a four-run rally in the eleventh that was highlighted by a 3-run homer by Laynce Nix.
There has never been much question as to whether Chris Young could be a dominating starter. The question is how long he can keep it up before he breaks down. So far, so good — if he can stay healthy enough to make 20-25 starts, it would be tremendous.
I’m sure there are some people questioning why Bobby Parnell didn’t come into the game in the eighth instead of Carrasco, and/or why he didn’t make an appearance in extras. Well, he threw 47 pitches combined on Friday and Saturday, and I imagine that Terry Collins and/or Dan Warthen felt it prudent to give young Bobby a breather. For me, that thinking makes sense for the long term, both for Parnell and the ballclub.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the tenth, Blaine Boyer allowed four runs on four hits in the eleventh to take the loss. He was DFA’d immediately after the game.
Francisco Rodriguez threw 2 pitches to get one out in the ninth. He has now finished two games through nine and needs to finish 53 over the final 153 for his $17.5M option to vest.
Ike Davis drove in ANOTHER run. He’s driven in at least one in every game this year except for one.
Next Mets Game
The Mets host the Rockies at the Field at Shea Bridge on Monday night at 7:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey faces Jason Hammel.