Mets Game 102: Loss To Nationals
Nationals 14 Mets 1
Mets start and end the series with laughers. Unfortunately, the Nationals got the last laugh.
Mets Game Notes
Not a good day for Carlos Torres. Similar to his previous starts, he relied heavily on his breaking pitches — mainly the slider. Unlike his previous starts, the opposing hitters were expecting him to rely on sliders, and they stayed back, letting the ball “get deep” before committing. As a result, many of Torres’ sinking sliders were taken for balls as they slid out of the strike zone, while others were poked to the opposite field. In short, Torres wasn’t fooling anyone.
After falling behind 8-0, I was actually a little surprised to see Torres removed. The game was far out of hand by that point, and Torres had only thrown 59 pitches — may as well leave him in there to eat up a few more innings and “take one for the team.”
As it was, reliever Gonzalez Germen was no better — he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in his two frames.
This game lasted far too long.
Well, at least the Mets scored one. I guess.
The bottom of the Nats lineup provided most of the firepower — slots 5, 6, 7, and 8 went a combined 12-for-15 with 11 runs scored and 11 RBI. Wow.
Anthony Rendon was only 1-for-13 in this series but he hit everything hard. I mean, some blistering shots. He’s also 3 for his last 39, and though I have no idea whether all of his outs previous to facing the Mets were hard outs as well, he doesn’t look like a guy in that deep of a slump. It will be interesting to see what the Nats do with Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam LaRoche during the offseason — and where/if Steve Lombardozzi, Chris Marrero, and Danny Espinosa fit into the plans.
Denard Span — who I keep confusing with Ben Revere — hit his second homerun of the season.
Cool seeing Davey Johnson remove Ryan Matteus after the righthander loaded the bases with a 13-run lead in the ninth. That’s no situation to be fooling around — throw strikes, dammit! Johnson had to pry the ball out of Mattheus’ hand, as the pitcher seemed surprised he was being taken out. Son, that’s called delusion, and perhaps the reason you have a 6+ ERA and likely on your way to the minors.
Next Mets Game
The Mets move on to Miami to start a four-game series with the Marlins. Game one begins on Monday night at 7:10 PM. The pitching matchup will be Jeremy Hefner vs. Jacob Turner.