Mets Game 143: Loss To Nationals

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When did Citi Field become a launching pad?

Mets Game Notes

Well, it’s only a launching pad for the Nationals, apparently.

Dillon Gee wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t excellent, and when your team scores only three runs you need to be excellent. Gee allowed 4 earned runs on 9 hits in 6 1/3 innings — and that’s too much in the post-PEDs era.

The Mets did manage to squeak out three runs, though there were opportunities to score more — they were 2-for-9 with RISP and left 7 runners on base. The game was actually quite close until former Met Scott Hairston belted a two-run homer off of Tim Byrdak in the ninth to ice the ballgame for the Nats.

On the bright side, Justin Turner remains hot, going 2-for-3, and Travis d’Arnaud also had two hits — though neither came when they were needed. Matt den Dekker, however, did come through with a clutch single to drive in two, so there was that.

Next Mets Game

Game three of four begins at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Zack Wheeler faces Dan Haren. Haren could be the right guy to help get the Mets bats going. We’ll see.

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Considering the Mets’ failure in key situations, today’s item is a clutch. Click on the image to purchase from Amazon for only twenty bucks.

Mets 2013 Games

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