Mets Game 23: Win Over Nationals
Mets 6 Nationals 4
Five in a row, gotta be pleased about that.
Mets Game Notes
If the Mets didn’t win this game, I might have packed it in. Besides the fact that the Nationals are awful, both Ryan Zimmerman (DL) and Ian Desmond (paternity leave) were out of the lineup. I realize both of those regulars are off to rough starts, but if a Major League team can’t beat a club that puts Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston, Jr. on the left side of the infield, they don’t belong at this level.
Chris Young’s final line is not great, and it actually was worse than it looks — 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 88 pitches. In reality he had no command and did not look good; he was lucky to be facing a terrible, terrible collection of hitters in the Washington lineup. Granted, Young has the flu or whatever is going around the Mets right now, but I wonder if his arm was also in pain. To me it was not an encouraging performance.
Ike Davis and Jason Bay continued their hot hitting, combining to go 5-for-8 with 4 runs scored. But the big hit of the game came off the bat of Josh Thole, who stroked a two-run double to give the Mets a 5-3 lead that was never relinquished.
The Mets bullpen allowed two hits and one run in 4 2/3 innings.
The only Nat to appear to have a clue at the plate was Wilson Ramos, who hit two solo homers and a run-scoring single. Jayson Werth also hit a solo shot but I think it was an accident.
Francisco Rodriguez earned his 5th save of the year and collected his seventh finish. He needs 48 more to collect the big bucks — but my guess is he’ll collect it from a team other than the Mets.
Jason Bay has played in five games, the Mets have won five times. Coincidence?
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Nationals do it again at 7:05 PM in DC on Wednesday night. R.A. Dickey faces Tom Gorzelanny. A win by the Mets would catapult them out of the NL East cellar by a half-game.