Mets Game 148: Loss to Nationals
Nationals 3 Mets 2
Four straight losses for the Mets, and suddenly, the Nationals are on the verge of hopping over them in the standings.
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee pitched well through the first five frames, but, as he’s been wont to do lately, fell apart in the sixth — right after the offense gave him a 2-run lead. It could be argued that he lost his command, but in truth, the Nats hitters stopped chasing his sinkers and changeups below the strike zone. Gee threw 36 pitches in the sixth, and left without finishing the inning. That’s a high total of pitches for one inning, especially for someone who had already thrown five frames prior.
Chien-Ming Wang scattered 9 hits in five innings of work, yet allowed only two runs. The Mets did not get a hit off of a Nats reliever until the ninth inning.
Gee, Willie Harris, Nick Evans, and Ruben Tejada all failed to execute sacrifice bunts (Harris was hit by a pitch after missing the bunt twice, so technically he did advance the runner). Does anyone else remember back in March, when all we heard about was how Terry Collins was going to change things and the Mets were going to be strong fundamentally, and be proficient at “small ball”? Reminds me of another leader whose promises of “change” turned out empty.
I had to laugh when I saw this on Twitter, from @shyonelung: “Dillon Gee. Worst bunt attempt in the history of bunt attempts”. But in truth it’s really sad and inexcusable that the Mets cannot bunt — this isn’t a new thing, it’s been a problem all season.
Speaking of fundies, Lucas Duda continues to struggle in right field — which is to be expected, since he’s learning on the job. Duda did, however, crack three hits and drive in a run. Would you believe he has 47 RBI? Where the heck did all those come from? Wow, pretty impressive for a kid who has only started in a little over 70 games.
Also collecting three hits was Jose Reyes, who is still leading the NL in hitting, now with a .333 average.
In the second inning, with none out and Angel Pagan on first base, Willie Harris swung on 3-0 and hit a fly ball to the warning track in right field. Now, I do like seeing guys swing on 3-0 on occasion. But I’m not sure I like Willie Harris doing it in Citi Field. Ya know what I’m sayin’?
It’s games like this that provide support for the argument against September roster expansion — there were 13 pitchers used in this game, and it seemed like the managers were making pitching changes every other batter. The final three innings dragged out like the last five minutes of an NFL game.
Danny Espinosa has impressed me from the first time I saw him last year, but he really needs to do something about his swing from the left side. It’s a big uppercut that makes him susceptible to high pitches and it looks a little forced — like he’s trying hard to pull the bat through the zone.
On the other hand, I have yet to see anything special about Chris Marrero, who was a first-round pick in 2006 and is a highly touted prospect. He looks unsure of himself and lacking in confidence at the plate — sort of like Lucas Duda did earlier this season. I don’t think we’ll see what Marrero can do until (if?) he gains confidence in his ability against MLBers.
It wasn’t so long ago — as recently as the first half of the season — that Drew Storen was supposed to be the Nationals’ “closer of the future”. Well don’t look now but Storen has 36 saves, so I guess the future is now. For those who forgot, Storen was the “other” pitcher the Nats drafted in the first round of 2009 — nine slots after Stephen Strasburg.