Nationals 8 Mets 2
This game was actually much closer than the final score would indicate. No, really. REALLY.
Mets Game Notes
Chris Young had a rough first frame, allowing a leadoff single and then a two-run homer to wunderkind Bryce Harper. The Nationals then went 0-for-23 with a pair of walks until Adam LaRoche singled with one out in the ninth. Would you have guessed such a streak could have occurred, based on the final score?
Young finished seven innings of two-run ball, and though it hasn’t been completely his fault, the Mets have now lost seven of his nine starts. He’s gone at least six innings in six of his last seven starts, and I wonder if it makes sense to sell him now, while his stock is high, to a pennant contender for a prospect. Unless, of course, the Mets hold on to the “we’re buyers” stance — in which case, I fully expect to see Young pitching in relief three days from now.
The Mets drew one walk in 36 plate appearances, despite seeing 142 pitches (a hair less than four pitches per plate appearance, which is a pretty good rate). Not sure what to make of that. Likely, it means nothing.
David Wright has a 1.000 slugging percentage against the Nats thus far this year. However, the Mets have 3 wins and 7 losses against the Nationals, so … what’s the difference?
The Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki. The Mets did not. They’re going to wait and see what happens over the next seven days; no need to rush into anything, after all.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Nationals do it again on Tuesday evening at 7:10 p.m. R.A. Dickey faces Gio Gonzalez. I’ll be in attendance at the Field at Shea Bridge / (Harry) Chiti Field, so most likely, my post-game will be either really late, or posted on Wednesday morning.
About the Author
Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.