The Mets lost to the Washington Nationals today by a score to 5-2.
Today with Jeremy Hefner on the mound vs Stephen Strasburg, Mets fans should not have expected much. Couple in a few early Washington home runs and Strasburg having his A-game, and one could have predicted this would not go well.
Although Hef actually pitched quite well, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs, while walking just 2 and striking out 7. For someone who is really a 6th starter, I think we can all live with that. His big loopy curve-ball allows his fastball to play up for a pitch that is only hovering around 90. The home runs he allowed (To Espinosa and Michael Morse) came on fastballs that he did not set up with off-speed pitches, electing to throw the slider instead.
I almost forgot, Stephen Strasburg is friggin’ unbelievable. He was simply untouchable today, showing off that upper 90s fastball, 88 mph change-up, and filthy Gooden-like curve. When he has the stuff like this, just be glad that he only struck out 11.
Ike Davis continued his revival, which has been a bright spot over the last few weeks for this team. He pulled a ball down the right field line off of Strasburg for his 16th home run in the season. May I add that he is looking a lot better in the field as his bat has come back around.
As most fans guess, when the bullpen come in, all hell breaks loose. Today the Mets horrific bullpen would surrender a two run home-run to Adam Laroche, essentially putting the game away at 5-1.
If there is one thing that you can say about the 2012 Mets, it is that they are never put away.
The Mets would get the bases loaded and had the top of the order coming up. Ruben Tejada would fly out to center, bringing up Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin would ground a run in, and would allow David Wright to come to the plate as the tying run. Today would not be the day for the Mets however, as Wright would ground out to third, ending the threat.
A 1-2-3 9th would secure the Mets first win-less home stand since 2002.
Here are some assorted notes.
- If the Mets were really throwing at Bernadina, that’s ridiculous. What other way is Bernadina supposed to contort his foot so that his spikes aren’t out? Listen, I love Ruben as much as the next guy, but there was no intent.
- I haven’t found the inspiration to put this in a post, but yes, this run sucks. The Mets slim playoff hopes are over, and they should sell the players that have no long-term value. Byrdak and Hairston should fetch some decent minor league depth, which is something the Mets could use.
- AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! GUUUUUUUUUUUUUYSSS!! MATT HARVEY TOMORROW!!!! WE SO EXCITED, WE SO EXCITED. That is all.