Mets Game 121: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 5 Mets 2

On the bright side, the Mets bullpen was nearly perfect through three innings.

Mets Game Notes

Jeremy Hefner did what he normally does — he threw strikes. However, many of his strikes were too fat to pass up, and the Nats hitters made him pay.

Some of the biggest hits of the game came on curveballs. Ironically, I like the tight 12-6 rotation on Hefner’s curve, but either he was hanging it or he was telegraphing it, because the Nats had an easy time hitting it hard.

After scoring two runs on three hits on Saturday, it took the Mets 11 hits to produce the same output.

Next Mets Game

The Mets open a four-game series in Flushing hosting the Rockies beginning Monday at 7:10 p.m. R.A. Dickey heads to the hill against Alex White.

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  1. Joe August 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    Hefner gave another credible #5 starter performance but was outmatched — not that scoring two would make it easy to win you many games even if he gave you seven and gave you two earned runs.

    Acosta seems to be a credible garbage inning sort of person with occasional good stuff (that tempts some to think he has more). This being a role necessary for various teams, he should be able to continue to get work.

  2. murph August 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    With all due respect to Mr. Hefner, he is not worth changing to a 6-man rotation.
    A 6-man rotation is fine if you have 6 quality starters, but the Mets have 4.